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  •  I'd like to add that in the case of horses (3+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, 4Freedom, judith2007

    the USDA cost benefit analysis (a 420 page document) is lacking in how much this really costs.

    Going to a show, event where every horse must be scanned cannot happen logistically in the time the USDA reports it can.

    Horses do not stand tail to nose as cows do. They bite and kick. One person cannot go from one horse to another waving a wand on its neck. Some horses will flat out refuse to have a complete stranger walk up to it and get anywhere near its neck, wand or no wand.

    The USDA assumes that arriving on the grounds will there be a person scanning each horse entering the premise. That's an impossible ligistic endeavor.

    I carry more then one horse. Having to unload each and settling it for a scan and reloading or moving it will hold up the traffic.

    Not to mention that loading certain horses requires some skill and trickery sometimes.

    I compared my costs to microchip a single horse to the ones provided by the USDA and they undercalculated by about $100.

    There are 80 pages devoted to horses alone in that document.

    I'd like to mention off-hand the the Jockey Club (Thoroughbred racing sector) has organized to sell microchips. That's great that they want to see profits from this trace-back system. But they export for meat the most live horses to markets in Canada and Mexico since the shutting down of our foreign-owned horse slaughter facilities for gross violations.

    We have exisiting tracebacks systems that work.

    I typically can't enter a show grounds without a Coggins test for each horse. Breed association functions and shows already have each horse numbered and tracked to the very stall it was born in.

    Anyone who wants to can find me and my premises through my breed's association records in seconds at the breed association website.

    There are back yard breeders, sure, and they deserve not to be burdened financially with this system, a food safety system that includes alpacas, llamas and horses.

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