Finland: electronic ear tags for newborn calves

In Finland the ministry of agriculture and forestry is planning to tighten the regulation concerning the ear tags of cattle. It is planned that all the newborn calves must have electronic ear tags after 2020. Reason for this is that electronic ear tags would make it easier and more secure to handle cattle in slaugterhouses and also when authorities control cattle on farm. They would also reduce work on the farm when sending cattle to slaughter. The new regulation shall take effect during the last months of this year at earliest. Current about 60 percent of the Finnish cattle have electronic ear tags. They are more common on beef farms than on dairy farms.

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