Optibrand launches livestock retinal images, data collection

Optibrand has announced the launch of ClearView ID, which is its next generation retinal imaging system for capturing livestock retinal images, other animal identification, and production data. FULL STORY »

Animal disease traceability: knowing an animal’s path

On August 9, 2011, USDA issued a proposed rule to establish minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. FULL STORY »

NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen to review traceability proposal

NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen will take a look at the proposed animal disease traceability program during a live call-in show on Tues., Dec. 13, 2011. FULL STORY »

Comment deadline extended for animal traceability rule

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has extended the comment period for the proposed rule on animal disease traceability. Input received on or before December 9 will be considered. FULL STORY »

Deadline for public comments on new animal ID rule extended

The USDA announced that it was extending the deadline for public comments on its proposed rule for mandatory animal traceability, following a request by forty-nine organizations for a deadline extension. The public comment period deadline is extended to December 9, 2011. FULL STORY »

Livestock ID/traceability economic assessment report

A study assessing the impact of traceability and animal identification programs on the international market for red meat has been released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. FULL STORY »

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 »

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