USDA drops plan to track livestock

02/8/2010 | Billings Gazette (Mont.) ·

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday announced that the agency is dismissing its plan for a national animal identification system following complaints from the industry. The tracking system, which requires livestock producers to use tags to help track the location of their animals, is supported by AVMA on grounds that it could help protect consumers and minimize livestock loss. "We are concerned that with a formal rule-making process that is planned implementation will be delayed several years, and, during that time, the U.S. will continue without an animal disease traceability program," says Dr. Larry R. Corry, president of the AVMA.

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