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How Many Animals Have Been RFID-Tagged?

Posted By RFID Journal, 06.04.2014

Is there an estimate available on the number of farm animals that have been tagged worldwide? And if so, in which countries?

—Name withheld


I have not seen any estimates, nor have I seen a list of countries that currently require animals to be tagged—or even which animals must be tagged. However, I can tell you that since 2010, the European Commission (EC) has required that all sheep and goats be RFID-tagged, and it also plans to require cattle tagging as well. Canada and Australia require that all cattle be tagged, as does the state of Michigan, in the United States. New Zealand requires that all cattle and deer be tagged, while Brazil and other countries are considering legislation that would require the tagging of cattle and other animals. If any of our readers know of a comprehensive list of countries that require animal tagging, they are invited to post information below.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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