Survey on DNA-based technologies to enhance traceability and profitability

August 2, 2021 2:33 pm

An invitation for Australian beef and sheep producers, pastoralists, lot feeders, processors and service providers to provide input into the feasibility and benefits of using DNA for traceability in the red meat value chain.

The University of New England (AGBU/Animal Science) is conducting a project to scope out the feasibility and cost-benefit of a DNA-based traceability system for the Australian sheep and beef cattle industries. The project is funded via the Food Agility CRC under a theme called “Using Genotyping for Individual Animal Identification and to Support Provenance Claims, and the CRC is working closely with Meat & Livestock Australia and their Integrity Systems group.

The plan is to investigate a “whole of industry approach” that will encompass the various players in Australia’s beef and lamb industries, with 8 million calves and 32 million lambs born each year.  The aim is to cover the technical aspects as well as the value proposition of such a system, again, for the various players within the supply chain.

The University of New England (AGBU/Animal Science) are conducting an online survey to collect a range of responses that will inform the team of elements that impact feasibility, desired outcomes from traceability, likely cost benefit analysis using DNA as well as potential barriers to implementation of DNA technologies for traceability.  Responses collected within the online survey will be anonymous.  The survey should take around 20-25 minutes to complete.