Statutory Management Requirements on "Animal Identification and Registration" (Act A7, Act A8): monitoring methods for compliance and related costs in four Italian farms

  • Marisanna Speroni | marisanna.speroni@crea.gov.it CREA-FLC, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Fodder Crop and Dairy Productions, Italy.
  • Sara Carè CREA-FLC, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Fodder Crop and Dairy Productions, Italy.
  • Lamberto Borrelli CREA-FLC, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Fodder Crop and Dairy Productions, Italy.
  • Antonio Bruni CREA-FLC, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Fodder Crop and Dairy Productions, Italy.
  • Giovanni Cabassi CREA-FLC, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Fodder Crop and Dairy Productions, Italy.
  • Maurizio Cappelletti CREA-FLC, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Fodder Crop and Dairy Productions, Italy.
  • Luigi Degano CREA-FLC, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Fodder Crop and Dairy Productions, Italy.
  • Salvatore Claps CREA-ZOE, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Extensive Animal Husbandry, Italy.
  • Lucia Sepe CREA-ZOE, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Extensive Animal Husbandry, Italy.
  • Domenico Rufrano CREA-ZOE, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Extensive Animal Husbandry, Italy.
  • Antonio Melchiorre Carroni CRA-AAM, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agro-pastoral Systems in Mediterranean Environment, Italy.
  • Paola Ruda CREA-AAM, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agro-pastoral Systems in Mediterranean Environment, Italy.
  • Mauro Salis CREA-AAM, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agro-pastoral Systems in Mediterranean Environment, Italy.
  • Marco Fedrizzi CREA-ING, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Giulio Sperandio CREA-ING, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Mauro Pagano CREA-ING, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Roberto Fanigliulo CREA-ING, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Mirko Guerrieri CREA-ING, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Daniele Puri CREA-ING, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Paolo Bazzoffi CREA-ABP, Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics, Research Centre for Agrobiology and Pedology, Italy.

Abstract

The European and national laws concerning the identification and registration of livestock are meant to make possible their traceability and facilitate food safety and animal health, especially in case of a disease outbreak; such rules have also become prerequisites that farmers must meet to obtain single farm payments under the common agricultural policy. Failure to comply with these obligations entails the reduction or exclusion from direct payments. Act A7, reports the obligations imposed by the EC Regulation 1760/2000 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products; Act A8, report the obligations established by the EC Reg. 21/2004 establishing a system for the identification and registration of sheep and goats. The project MO.NA.CO. monitored the application of rules for identification and registration of cattle, sheep and goats and their costs. The system of identification and registration of dairy cows resulted well organized with a good level of coordination between the involved actors in both farms. The activities necessary for compliance with rules of identification and registration of cattle are distributed throughout the year, but vary from day to day. The average total cost for annual obligations amounted to € 533.34 year-1 while the average cost for individual fulfilment in the monitoring period amounted to € 4.10. Even in the case of sheep and goats, the monitoring showed a good cooperation between farms and technicians. However, some difficulties were detected, mainly due to the size of the rumen boluses and the limited effectiveness of the ear tags. The operators suggested using smaller rumen boluses and tattoo instead of ear tags; they also suggest to extend the period within which the animals have to be labelled from the current 6 months to 9 months. The cost of compliance amounted to € 5.27 head-1 for sheep and € 4.90 head-1 for goats.

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2015-11-02
Keywords:
Cross-compliance, rural development, Act A7, Act A8, animal identification and registration, competitiveness.
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How to Cite
Speroni, M., Carè, S., Borrelli, L., Bruni, A., Cabassi, G., Cappelletti, M., Degano, L., Claps, S., Sepe, L., Rufrano, D., Carroni, A., Ruda, P., Salis, M., Fedrizzi, M., Sperandio, G., Pagano, M., Fanigliulo, R., Guerrieri, M., Puri, D., & Bazzoffi, P. (2015). Statutory Management Requirements on "Animal Identification and Registration" (Act A7, Act A8): monitoring methods for compliance and related costs in four Italian farms. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 10(1s). https://doi.org/10.4081/ija.2015.690

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