New ID rules take effect in March


Geni Wren, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

via Drovers CattleNetwork - 01/30/2013


The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) has published new rules governing the traceability of interstate livestock movement in the January 9, 2013 Federal Register. These rules are scheduled to take effect March 11, 2013.


APHIS says traceability does not prevent disease, but knowing where diseased and at-risk animals are, where they have been, and when, is indispensable in emergency response and in ongoing disease control and eradication programs.


One current concern that can be addressed by these rule changes include the increasing number of bovine tuberculosis, and APHIS says these rules can also help to ensure that the livestock industry is well-prepared to respond to new or foreign animal diseases in the future.


The purpose of the proposed rule was to improve the ability to trace livestock in the event that disease is found. New or modified regulations of interest to cattle producers/veterinarians include: