Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Ballyvaughn, Ireland

Thanks to biebkriebels, I was able to learn more about the European Union's regulations regarding bovine animals, all of which makes great sense to me after having once seen the devastating results of hoof-and-mouth disease among cattle in Hungary:

In April 1997, in response to the BSE crisis, the Council of the European Union implemented a system of permanent identification of individual bovine animals enabling reliable traceability from birth to death.

The basic objectives for Community rules on the identification of bovine animals are:
  • the localisation and tracing of animals for veterinary purposes, which is of crucial importance for the control of infectious diseases
  • the traceability of beef for public health reasons
  • the management and supervision of livestock premiums as part of the common organisation of the market in beef and veal


  1. I feel always sad for the animals. It is EU rule in the whole Europe, here too...

    1. That's interesting. I didn't realize this was an EU rule.

  2. Muy buenas medidas para la seguridad de los consumidores

  3. A nice picture.... I like cows. And an interesting explanation of the rules.

  4. I fear my original comment got lost... :(
    There are LOTS of regulations in the EU (I think that was part of the whole Brexit fiasco). But most of them are for good reason.

  5. Oh, yes, I remember those awful pictures of BSE-stricken cows.
    Preventing and/or tracking sure is a good thing.

  6. Sounds like a good system. Nice portrait of the cow!

  7. Nice photo. Cows are so great to photograph.

  8. Well these cows are simply handsome!


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