The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it'll be like a Social Security number for livestock.
A national animal identification system will soon go into effect which will trace livestock's origin.
The incoming president of the Alabama Cattleman's Association is from Coffee County. Max Bozeman of Elba spoke before the Geneva County Cattleman's Association.
He discussed the state Legislature's recent approval of a computerized registration system. It will help identify feeding mills, farms, and other grounds associated with animal agriculture.
"It’s not to know what you have but, to be able to track an animal in some kind of situation. If we have an animal disease, or this problem," said Bozeman
The plan to create a computerize tracking system was approved by the Legislature shortly after a calf in north Alabama died from mad cow disease.