Animal Disease Traceability Rule becomes effective in March

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published its final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule in the Federal Register Wednesday, making it effective March 11. The final ADT rule establishes regulations to trace U.S. livestock moving interstate.

Under the rule, unless specifically exempted, livestock moved interstate have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation. The final rule accepts brands, tattoos and brand registration if that documentation is accepted by the shipping and receiving states or tribes. Backtags will be accepted as an alternative to official eartags for cattle and bison moved directly to slaughter.

What is most important to cattle producers, according to Dr. Kathy Simmons, Chief Veterinarian for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is the USDA announcement that a separate rulemaking process will take place for beef cattle under 18 months of age. Currently, unless animals are moved interstate for shows, exhibitions, rodeos or recreational events, the final rule exempts beef cattle under 18 months from the official identification requirement.

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Satoshi Motomura

It was said that the final rule would be published in the December 28 Federal Register and would become effective 60 days after publication. Why the date of publication delayed? Where can I find publised version of the 9 cfr part 86?

I’d appreciate if anyone tells me.

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