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Web-based systems to book animals into abattoirs, so-called 'vet health systems' to give quick feedback to farmers on animal health and meat quality, and radio frequency identification that allows automatic, paperless tracking of products in warehouses are already in use by bigger companies and may soon be in wider use. The introduction of these systems into the meat processing sector has come as a wider range of purpose-designed software for the meat trade becomes available, revolutionising the way that the processing industry and the supply chain work. "Today there are a lot more areas of the plant talking to each other electronically," says Christine Walsh of Meat & Livestock Commercial Services.

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