The system speeds up the process of tracing the history of an animal. The free system has been set up by ScoringAg as part of the company's expansion of its online tracking and traceability
system for food supply chains.
The system is part of the new push to meet US regulations covering
traceability, or record keeping. The EU and the US have adopted similar
rules that require food companies to keep records of the
operator immediately before them in the supply chain and the operator
immediately after them.
With ScoringAg's system, processors will now be able to scan
the animals radio frequency identification (RFID) tag or its barcode
tag and put the number into the company's search page at
The number can also be seen visually and entered manually.
Instead of waiting for hours or days, the ScoringAg system delivers
the information in a matter of seconds. The Public Records pages also
show a photo of the animal, giving an additional means of
animal ID when ear tags are lost or stolen, and only unique identifying
characteristics can give positive ID for the animal.
The site will output the public information available for the animal
such as, breed, other ID tag data, name, date of birth, sex, brand,
tattoo, color, and dam and sire names.
For paid subscribers to the service, ScoringAg will also provide the
animal's traceback history from origin to current status is displayed
by unique premises ID (PIDC), activity name, and activity
date and time. The numbers can also be put into the site using a cell
ScoringAg.com specialises in providing RFID
or barcodes for traceup and traceback systems for livestock, from birth
through the packing plants and on to the consumer. The company's system
tracks transport containers, perishable meats and other food products.
The ScoringAg system provides RFID traceback in real time through a
secure online databank that pinpoints the location of each handler in
the food chain. The system can also work with barcodes.
Companies will have unique accounts through which they will be able to
access their product specific data.
Location is identified through a unique PIDC number, a mapping
technology developed by ScoringSystem. PIDC records activities and
actions performed on the animals, fish, or crops at each location
– even in the middle of a packing plant, or on board a factory ship, or
in the middle of a farmer's field, all the way to the retailer and
ScoringSystem's PIDC traceability system uses the ISO standard for
location and property identification. However ScoringSystem has
developed a more comprehensive system to define all land and sea
locations globally, including those areas that are not recognised or
covered by the ISO standard, the UN and other international
"Without efficient, effective data collection system and a
Web-based data management system, tagging livestock and other
agriculture items cannot provide true animal traceback and traceup
– even when a local, resident software system and database is used," ScoringSystem stated in a press release. "A Web-based system makes it possible for records to move with the
individual product, which cuts the time required for source verification to just seconds."