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U. S. Will Narrow Scope Of Livestock-Tracking Plan

The government will redraft its moribund livestock-tracking program, attacked as a violation of privacy, so it covers only animals that cross state lines, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Feb. 5. In a speech to state agriculture directors, Vilsack said the revamped system would be run by states, with the Agriculture Department bearing much of the

Extension Requested For Old Cattle Tags

“Kick me when I’m down.” – ROBERT SHWALUK Some Manitoba cattle producers want a national agency to extend a rapidly approaching deadline for eliminating bar code tags used to trace cattle back to their original herds. Producers at a Manitoba Cattle Producers Association district meeting voted to ask the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency to allow


ID Tag Deadline Approaching

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is reminding producers that as of Jan. 1, 2010 all cattle must be tagged with an approved CCIA Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. “Of the three pillars of traceability, we have achieved animal identification. Once we have completed the second pillar – premises identification – the industry will require