The dramatic increase in world meat trade (300% between 1990 and 2005) is a key driver of these schemes in order to maintain/restore customer confidence in the safety of livestock products.
Some of these are mandatory schemes like those in Canada, Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand and some have varying degrees of compulsory compliance such as Europe being specific to sheep and goats.
The following articles take a look at how leading farmers are turning the cost of complying with such schemes into an investment in more efficient and profitable farming practises.
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