Geni Wren In August, USDA-APHIS published a proposed rule establishing minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate with an extended public comment period ending Dec. 9.
In November 2009, a group of cattle industry organizations, the Cattle ID Group (CIDG), representing the beef, dairy and marketing sectors, came together to develop a consensus on industry-directed principles for a national cattle ID and traceability plan, and to respond to anticipated USDA animal disease identification/traceability initiatives such as these new proposed rules.
CIDG has been actively involved in reviewing and commenting on the USDA’s Animal Disease Traceability Framework and its impact on the production and marketing sectors of the U. S. cattle industry. Read the full comments.
While there was general agreement among the CIDG on nearly all of the issues identified in this document, there remains some divergence of views on certain issues by certain individual CIDG organizations, and it is strongly suggested that cattle industry stakeholders consult their individual member or industry sector organizations if there is any doubt as to their position on the following ADT issues.
What follows is a brief list of issues CIDG has outline. To read CIDG’s full responses, comments and explanations to these issues, and issues with Phase 1 and Phase 2, click here.
1. The delisting of Brands as an official ID method for interstate movement.
2. Tagging cattle moved interstate direct to a receiving location, other than to an approved livestock tagging site or approved livestock facility.
3. Elimination, in Phase 2, of the newly defined “temporary” backtag for cattle 18-months of age or older moving direct to slaughter.
4. The proposed rule prohibits the “Use of more than one official identification device or method…” with certain exceptions.
5. The APHIS ADT General Standards Document Version 1.1 dated March 18, 2011 was published as supplemental material to the ADT proposed rule. Page 4, Table 1 footnote in this document states that APHIS intends on phasing out manufacturer coded tags (982, 985, etc). Specifically, “AINs with the alpha characters USA or the numeric code assigned to the manufacturer’s ISO 11784/85-compliant identification device by the International Committee on Animal Recording may be used as alternatives to the 840 prefix until 1 year after the effective date of the final rule, APHIS Docket-2009-0091, ‘Traceability of Livestock Moving Interstate’.”