Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Director Bud Hover approved several rules designed to enhance the state’s ability to protect livestock, including adopting a fee to pay for an animal disease traceability system that will go into operation next year.

Hover approved five rules, but the key changes provide for funding of the animal disease traceability system and ensure a safety net that protects the entire industry. Specifically:

Animal Disease Traceability, (Washington Administrative Code 16-29): This is the new rule that establishes a per head fee on cattle sold or slaughtered in Washington or transported out of state. The money raised will support animal disease traceability activities and fund the operation and maintenance of two computer systems that will collect, store, and query information needed to quickly trace animal movements.

Livestock Brand Inspection (WAC 16-610): This rule eliminates the livestock inspection exemption for private sales of unbranded, female, dairy breed cattle involving 15 head or less. It also makes clear that a buyer who is not moving cattle out of state must have a certificate of permit at the time of inspection.

Additional rules include a requirement for raw milk dairies who introduce new animals into their herd to test for bovine tuberculosis for 60 days, not 30 days as is currently required.

The rules become effective Jan. 30, 2015, except for the animal disease traceability and livestock inspection rules, which begin on July 1, 2015.

Visit www.agr.wa.gov/LawsRules/Rulemaking/ to view all of the rules adopted.

–  Washington State Dairy Federation


United Dairymen of Idaho hires business development director

Brenden Fitzgerald joined the Idaho Dairy Products Commission and the United Dairymen of Idaho (UDI) as the senior director of Business Development and Processor Relations. In his role, Fitzgerald will build and manage relationships with dairy processors, and work with retail and restaurant partners on a local and national level.

Fitzgerald most recently served as Food Service Key Account Manager for PepsiCo-Pepsi Beverage Company in Boise, Idaho.

The United Dairymen of Idaho (UDI) protects and promotes the Idaho dairy industry and dairy farm families through outreach, nutrition counseling and partnerships with consumers, dairy processors, retail outlets and farmers and their families. UDI is the parent organization of both the Idaho Dairy Council and the Idaho Dairymen’s Association.

–  Idaho Dairy Council