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Data quality of the Cattle Tracing System in Great Britain
  1. D. M. Green, PhD1 and
  2. R. R. Kao, PhD1
  1. 1 Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS


The Cattle Tracing System (cts) of Great Britain was examined to investigate the quality of its data in terms of known errors and omissions, and their distribution. The proportions of erroneous or missing data have decreased steadily over time, with a marked improvement in the quality of the data since 2001, when recording became mandatory. There is little variation between regions in the quality of the data, but there are potentially important variations between the types of agricultural premises that cattle move to and from, and in other factors correlated with the type of premises, such as the age of the animals and the number of animal movements associated with the premises.

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