Animal Disease Traceability rules in effect

The USDA’s final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule went into effect Monday.  Regulations are meant to improve the traceability of cattle, bison, equines, swine, sheep, goats, poultry and captive deer that are moving in interstate commerce.  Official forms of identification are: National Uniform Eartag System (NUES) tags, other official ID approved by the USDA, and,… Read more »

Missouri Cattlemen’s Association on priorities

Animal health and well-being are among the priorities this year for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.  MCA’s Executive Vice President Mike Deering tells Brownfield they’ll be working with the state vet and the state director of agriculture on trichomoniasis, “To make sure that we have a trich rule in the state that makes sense and that… Read more »

AVMA: New animal rule “step in right direction”

The American Veterinary Medical Association calls the USDA’s new animal traceability rule “a step in the right direction.”  AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven, former administrator of the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), says the new traceability rule is a good foundation upon which to build because it “establishes identification and documentation requirements for… Read more »

Groups wants OMB to reject animal ID rule

A coalition of livestock and related groups is urging the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to reject the USDA animal identification rule. They have met with OMB officials and have written a letter outlining their concerns. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard tells Brownfield their main concern is that the USDA grossly underestimated… Read more »

Group urges comment on animal ID by Friday

A family farming group is urging producers to comment on the USDA’s proposal on mandatory animal identification this week. Friday, December 9th, is the deadline. Rhonda Perry, with the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, says there are some positive changes from the former National Animal Identification System (N-A-I-S) proposal that so many farmers and ranchers were… Read more »

Questions remain on traceability rule

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With the December 9th deadline for public comments quickly approaching, cattlemen still seem to have more questions than answers about the new animal disease traceability system being proposed by USDA. The executive vice president of Nebraska Cattlemen, Michael Kelsey, says the first phase of the plan—involving breeding cattle—would not be much different from what is… Read more »

Nebraska Cattlemen pleased with new disease traceability plan

An official of the Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) organization says her group is pleased with the proposed animal disease traceability (ADT) rule from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.   NC vice president of member services Melody Benjamin says the USDA did a good job of listening to the cattle industry’s concerns and the rule shouldn’t have much… Read more »

NPPC official discusses food safety reform

Congress continues to work on food safety reform.  That legislation is of key interest to pork producers, says Bob Dyhuis of Holland, Michigan, who serves on the National Pork Producers Council’s board of directors.  During a Wednesday news conference at World Pork Expo, Dykhuis  gave reporters an update on food safety reform bills in the House… Read more »

Congressman advocates mandatory animal ID

Congressman David Scott represents an urban district based in Atlanta, Georgia  in the U.S. House of Representatives.  So it was somewhat surprising to learn that he also chairs the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee.  However, in remarks to the Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit attendees, Scott showed he has a very good grasp of the… Read more »

NE ag director concerned with animal traceability plan

Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach has some concerns with the USDA’s new animal traceability plan, under which states would be responsible for managing—and funding—traceability programs.  “Depending on what USDA’s baseline expectations are of a state, we could be very impacted,” Ibach says, “and in a time when budget resources are at high demand, we’re… Read more »