Second go at animal disease traceability hits bumps

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is experiencing a hailstorm of opposition to its new animal disease traceability system as the proposal reaches the halfway point in the comment period that ends November 9. FULL STORY »

West Virginia farmers can weigh in on livestock tracking

Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass is encouraging West Virginia farmers to weigh in on a proposed federal rule aimed at improving tracking diseased or at-risk livestock. FULL STORY »

Coalition calls for extended comments on ID plan

A diverse group of livestock organizations, The Cattle Identification Group, sent a letter this week to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for an extension of the public-comment period on USDA’s proposed framework for animal-disease traceability. Following is the text of the letter. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Animal identification - Detectable and recordable

Attitude is always present. Unfortunately, attitude often is categorized as good or bad, which leaves the tendency to prolong discussions that otherwise could be brief. Perhaps it would be better if we could accept the fact that attitude exists and move on. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Prepare to age and source your calves correctly

Another glaring example of an almost missed opportunity arrived the other day. FULL STORY »

USDA releases proposed rule on disease traceability

The USDA this week revealed its long-awaited proposed rule to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate when animal disease events take place. FULL STORY »

NCBA statement on Animal Disease Traceability rule

“Cattlemen’s top priority is raising healthy cattle. As such, NCBA is supportive of an ADT program for cattle health purposes. That is why NCBA has been an industry leader working diligently with other cattle groups and USDA’s APHIS to ensure cattlemen’s concerns are addressed in a new ADT program." FULL STORY »

LMA statement on USDA’s proposed Animal Disease Traceability program rule

Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) will be carefully reviewing USDA’s proposed rule, released today and to be published in the Federal Register Aug. 11, to determine if it meets the markets’ expectations. FULL STORY »

Cattle ranchers fear less of a market for brands

The future of the hot-iron brand, an icon of Western heritage, is at the center of a nearly decade-long battle over cattle identification and traceability. FULL STORY »

North Dakota ranchers urged to check import requirements

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging North Dakota ranchers to make sure that any livestock they buy or receive from other states meets North Dakota's import requirements. FULL STORY »

How animal welfare labeling could be implemented in the livestock industry

Agricultural livestock economist Glynn Tonsor discusses a study he helped conduct on animal welfare labeling and how it may be implemented within the current U.S. livestock industry. FULL STORY »

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