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Mad cow scare of 2003 sped development of a system for tracking U.S. livestock from birth to slaughter (plus vet trips and county fairs). But many resent heavy-handedness of states and USDA with "voluntary" program; family farmers complain that they must pay to track each cow while factory farms track herds; privacy advocates compare invasiveness to Big Brother.

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