SD Stockgrowers, R-CALF petition to preserve cattle ID choices
February 18, 2020 By Tom Steever Filed Under: Beef, Livestock, News, South Dakota
The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and R-CALF USA are circulating
petitions that they say is an effort to preserve animal identification choices
for cattle producers.
The petitions urge the South Dakota State Veterinarian to preserve cattle
owners’ right to choose from among various animal identification methods and
devices, such as eartags, brands, tattoos and backtags.
A lawsuit by ranchers and R-CALF against the USDA caused the agency to withdraw
a plan to prohibit all other forms of animal ID other than RFID eartags. That
would have also required ranchers to submit a premises registration.
The on-line petitions are to be circulated for a year.
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