The regular count of the domesticated reindeer population has been held in the Tundrovik reindeer-breeding cooperative on the Taimyr peninsula. Experts have chipped 824 juveniles and counted 3 206 deer tagged last year.
The electronic tag contains basic information about each animal, including the data necessary for the herd structure analysis, production planning, breeding work.
“The presence of an animal’s electronic passport guarantees its compliance with the Customs Union technical regulations requirements on the safety of meat and meat products”, the Agency for the Development of Northern Territories and Support of the Indigenous Minorities of the Territory said.
The domestic reindeer chipping is carried out in all northern regions of the country, where reindeer husbandry is the main type of traditional economic activity of the indigenous minorities.
According to the last year results, experts note the effectiveness of electronic tagging. Chips show who owns the reindeer, moreover, due to the simplicity of information processing, the assessment of the veterinary welfare of the herd is faster. Data on vaccinations and disease tests are linked to each specific animal.
Over the next years, it is planned to register all the livestock of domesticated reindeer in the region.
Now in the north of the region there are about 120 thousand heads of domesticated reindeer. In 2020, over 57 million rubles have been allocated from the federal and regional budgets to support reindeer herding farms.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: open sources