KLA staff recently participated in a meeting about USDA’s proposed animal disease traceability system. This meeting provided the livestock industry an opportunity to comment on the draft framework for the program, which is designed to enhance disease control efforts and replace the National Animal Identification System.

USDA priorities for the program are to establish effective national traceability, minimize the burden on producers, apply only to interstate animal movement and be administered by state animal health officials.

KLA Director of Industry Relations Matt Teagarden recommended the program focus on classes of animals at the greatest risk for diseases of concern. For example, by focusing only on breeding cattle, the system could significantly improve efforts to detect, control and eradicate brucellosis. This more narrow focus would reduce costs to producers and allow more efficient use of state and federal animal health agency resources. Teagarden’s analysis of the proposed system is available on video by clicking the play button below.

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