Veterinarians at a recent meeting in Spokane County, Wash., considered the Department of Agriculture's animal traceability plan, which would require identification of cows traveling across states. While veterinarians recognize the need for traceability in case of a disease outbreak, they are concerned about the costs of implementing the program. "Our issue will be how are we going to pay for this database maintenance, and I don't have an answer right now," said Oregon's state veterinarian. "Especially in view of our current economic climate in our state, it's grim."

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