Rep. Tom Osborne, R-Neb., has introduced a bill, H.R. 3961, that requires the Secretary of Agriculture to implement a new, phased-in animal-identification program.
Osborne's bill would require all beef and dairy cattle over 30 months of age receive animal IDs within 60 days of passage of the bill. Beef and dairy animals younger than 30 months of age must receive animal IDs within 90 days of enactment and all identification of all other ruminant livestock would have to be completed within 180 days of passage.
The bill, co-sponsored by Len Boswell, D-Iowa, also would codify the FDA's restrictions on ruminant feed. The Senate also has taken up the animal-ID issue, attaching a Sense of the Senate resolution expressing support for implementation and funding of a national animal-identification system to the Senate budget resolution.