The USDA recently announced a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate.

Under the final rules, unless specifically exempted, livestock moved across state borders would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates. 

The rules have been established to ensure a rapid response in the event of a disease outbreak by reducing the number of animals involved in an investigation, reducing response time, and decreasing costs to producers and the government.

Read more about the new regulations.