This research aimed to conduct a survey of the difficulties encountered by farmers who joined the Service of Supply Chain Traceability of Cattle and Buffaloes (New SISBOV). A semi-structured qualitative form containing thirty-seven questions was elaborated. We interviewed 130 beef cattle farmers farming in three major exhibitions during year 2009, among which 17% (22 farmers) had joined the new SISBOV. We interviewed over 49 farmers in their screened farms, thus totaling 179 interviews. The main difficulties encountered by farmers were: frequent changes in new SISBOV rules, loss of proof of identity, inadequate remuneration for animals tracked by the stores and market instability.
beef cattle; food safety; traceability