Ag groups are waiting for USDA’s final rule on cattle traceability

While biosecurity is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of HPAI, traceability can also be another tool. The ag industry has been waiting for USDA to release its final rule on the matter.

The American Farm Bureau says USDA’s initial proposal was right in line with their own policies.

Under that proposal, animals under 18 months will not need an electronic tag for interstate travel, and any animals heading for culling will not need them either. However, any animal over 18 months and intact will need to have an electronic tag that is visibly readable.

The proposal is currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget. The Farm Bureau says once implemented, there will be a six month period for producers to get up to speed.

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