“And in an era of mad cow disease and the threat of agroterrorism, federal agriculture regulators want to be able to locate within 48 hours %u2014 or sooner %u2014 the whereabouts of each of the nation’s 100 million-plus head of cattle.
Enter a Kansas proposal that would combine GPS, cellular and radio frequency technologies to track cattle as they are in transit. It is one of the ideas the U.S. Department of Agriculture is testing and one that could shape the nation’s emerging animal identification system.
“People were excited about the Kansas proposal,” said Amy Spillman, spokeswoman for the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. “They wanted to integrate the ability to track cattle as it came on and off the trucks.”
Editors note – Cows without privacy that know exactly where they are while on the phone.