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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Ag minute: USDA Finalizes Animal Disease Traceability Rule

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it had finalized a rule to improve disease traceability of livestock moving interstate.
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  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it had finalized a rule to improve disease traceability of livestock moving interstate.
    The final rule, which is expected to be published in the Federal Register Dec. 28, 2012, will establish a framework to allow states and tribes to establish animal disease traceability systems that meet their diverse needs. Dr. Bill Brown, Kansas animal health commissioner, said an effective animal disease traceability program will give Kansas the ability to efficiently trace the movement of livestock in the event of a livestock disease situation. He also said an effective program will reduce the number of animals involved in the disease investigation and the necessary response time while minimizing the financial impact on livestock farmers and ranchers.
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