R-CALF on RFIDs: Government wants to force technology on the industry without science

After submitting comments to USDA on electric cattle tracking, leaders at R-CALF met to discuss it and say they will continue the fight.

“The fact that the government has not made a case for the need for RFID and nevertheless has chosen to deprive independent cattle producers of their freedom and liberty to decide among the time proven and effective identification means that we’ve been using for decades, which they could use, and instead the government wishes to simply force a single technology upon the industry without any valid science that supported their effort. It only represents little more than a wish on the part of the USDA to be able to force this upon the industry. So, we’ve pushed back hard,” said R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard.

R-CALF has been opposed to the rule since the beginning, saying a quicker response to disease outbreaks cannot be achieved with RFID tracking since it only requires 11 percent of nationwide herd participation.

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