The roundup goes high tech with DNA taking place of brands

There was a time when the best way to keep track of cows was to rope, throw and brand the little ones. Otherwise, there would be mavericks running around without marks of ownership. High tech is taking that tradition a step further.

The Judicial Investigating Organization and the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología will be announcing today a project to keep track of cattle by using DNA, the genetic markers.

The ministry and the investigative agency said that rustling and illegal butchering of cattle is becoming more frequent in the country. There also is a concern when people are exposed to meat that is inadequately prepared.

DNA evidence also is a powerful proof at trial, said the ministry.

The ministry has received 28 million colons, about $55,000 so that the Secretaría Nacional de Salud Animal can conduct a study of cattle genetics in Costa Rica.

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