Florida Pilot Project Tom Holt

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NAIS – Florida Cattle Programs ID Info Expo 2005 Chicago, Illinois September 28, 2005 Thomas J. Holt, State Veterinarian Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Charles Bronson, Commissioner NAIS – Florida Cattle Programs ID Info Expo 2005 Chicago, Illinois September 28, 2005

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Overview: Florida 1 million commercial beef cows-calves trucked west for feeding and processing into beef Many seedstock operations (seedstock for FL and international markets) 180 dairies - 130,000 milking cows; 35,000 replacement heifers 10 auction markets 1 major processing plant

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Premises Identification and Registration 1,000 premises registered (approx. 80 – 90% of cattle) All livestock markets and slaughter plants registered Utilization of farm Services Agency and Extension throughout Florida this year Expanded outreach – FFA, 4H, high school ag programs, fairs, livestock markets and county meetings, heifer sales and bull sales

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Calf Segment 16,000 calves electronically identified Scanned at loading andamp; at shipping points Management programs for data capture and tracking Data returned for early analysis Early plans for combining electronic ID and tracking with electronic health certification

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Seminole Tribe of Florida (68 owners plus tribal owned cattle) Entire herd of andgt;10,000 cows and bulls electronically identified 8,000 calves electronically identified Implementation of Cow Sense program Tracking and owner reports on calf information on management, health, productivity, and costs

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Seminole Tribe of Florida (continued) Continue program and electronically ID calves and cows Work with individual producers on changing management to improve productivity

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Cull Cow Segment NAIS funds used to support equipment costs of one packing plant Beef buyer incentive program for source verified beef $5 - $10 premium paid to Producers andgt;30 Producers involved in program

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Cull Cow Segment (continued) $65,000 + total paid out (January 05 – August 05) Florida funds used to provide one for one electronic ID tags back to participating producers Outreach to greater numbers of producers Outreach / Educational visits to livestock markets

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Be careful how you load your cart!

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Concerns Exceptions / Reports Out Need for VS State Cooperative effort at Area and Regional levels

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Contact Information: Dr. Thomas J. Holt State Veterinarian/Division Director holtt@doacs.state.fl.us (850) 410-0900 Cattle Program Dr. Ashby Green (850) 410-0940 greeng@doacs.state.fl.us Stephen Monroe (850) 410-0944 monroes@doacs.state.fl.us Equine Program Dr. Mike Short shortm@doacs.state.fl.us (850) 410-0901

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