Poland introduces innovative livestock chip - agriculture minister

The system involves injecting calves with a chip immediately after birth, with the aid of which information is harvested about the animal such as its genetic characteristics, origins and diseases survived. Kat Jayne/Pexels

Poland intends to be one of the first countries in the world to introduce an innovative system of knowledge about animals from their birth to their slaughter, using a special chip in cattle, Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski has announced.

"We want to be one of the first countries in Europe (...) to introduce an entirely new system of full knowledge about animals from their birth to the end of their life," the minister announced on Friday. "It is a system that the Americans invented based on BlockChain technology."

The system involves injecting calves with a chip immediately after birth, with the aid of which information is harvested about the animal such as its genetic characteristics, origins and diseases survived.

"This information will make it possible to prevent the falsification of foods," Ardanowski emphasised.

The agriculture minister explained that for now a few dozen animals have been chipped, in order to test the system and see how it works. "Livestock farmers are interested in it, we want to develop it, a pilot scheme will be organised soon on beef cattle herds in companies coming under the National Support Centre for Agriculture," the minister stated.

Ardanowski noted that the system will be one of the ideas for marking animals living in the mountains as part of the highland policy. "If we want agriculture in the mountains to be profitable, the food from those mountains, from clean nature, must be appreciated by consumers so that they pay more for it," the agriculture minister explained.

The chipping experiment started in March this year with 20 head of cattle of various ages being marked. Beef cattle of the Limousine and Hereford breed were chipped as well as mixed breeds.