GIS-based livestock inventory to streamline animal tracking

GIS-based livestock inventory to streamline animal tracking

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An Ontario agricultural consultant says a GIS based inventory of Canadian livestock facilities, now under development, will be extremely valuable when tracking the movement of livestock. Georgetown based Angus Geosolutions developed the template that’s being used to create a ‘Geographic Information Systems’ based national inventory of livestock premises. The template considers existing infrastructures and available budgets to provide options for building a harmonized GIS database for use in defending against foreign animal disease.

Consulting Services Vice President Geoff Cameron says that data will need to easily integrate into a larger system for identifying and tracing livestock. There are many organizations involved in emergency response, whether it be the CFIA in a foreign animal disease outbreak or whether it be provincial level in some other type of emergency that’s not necessarily a foreign animal disease. Also there are other programs out there to collect information on livestock tags, eventually to collect information on the movement of livestock itself.

Cameron says, to be fully functional, the database will need to be compatible with existing and future livestock identification and traceability initiatives across species and across regions. He expects a working system to be operational within the year.