While the PA Center for Beef Excellence no longer offers RFID services to PA producers, the tag program is still available through the Department of Agriculture. Please contact:
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services
Attn: Allie Steck
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17110
Phone: (717) 836-3235
Fax: (717) 787-1868
According to the National Beef Quality Audit of 2011, consumers want to know more about the food they consume. They want to know how it is raised and where it comes from. Providing this information will give producers a competitive advantage in the market. Consumer demand for local beef products will be met by establishing “source” for the cattle producing beef products through a state recognized RFID tag management system.
This program establishes the origin of the beef product through the use of an effective animal identification system in partnership with the PA Department of Agriculture. A voluntary driven statewide program that will equip cattle producers with the necessary components to deliver a product that can be traced back to the PA farm of origination.
Through certification and individual or group animal identification, Pennsylvania producers will be able to provide beef products consumers trust. The supply chain which includes the packers is requesting cattle identified as being born and raised in PA. The opportunity to add premiums through identified cattle is encouraged statewide by a consumer driven market willing to pay more for the value these products offer.
Contact us for more information on program details.