December 26, 2012

HARRISBURG (Dec. 26) – The PA Center for Beef Excellence (CBE) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) release of the final National Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule, which was announced by Secretary Vilsack on Thursday. 

Darwin Nissley, CBE President said “The ruling set forth for the animal disease traceability program is flexible and addresses the need for overall disease response efforts.  Cattlemen and women will have the ability to use a variety of identification methods based on what will work best for their local situations, including brands with brand inspection certificates, tattoos, and other specified identification methods, such as RFID tags.  It’s great to see a “one-size-fits-all” type of approach wasn’t adopted and that beef cattle under 18 months will have a different ruling.  It’s evident APHIS carefully considered the feedback that had been provided by our beef community and we commend their efforts.” 

CBE Executive Director, Ann Nogan added “Cattlemen are supportive of an animal disease traceability program.  Producing healthy cattle is a primary goal and we look forward to sharing the new ruling with our producers.  CBE will soon provide an RFID animal Identification program offering progressive producers an option to assist in establishing an animal ID.”     

It’s expected that this rule will be published in the December 28th Federal Register and will become effective February 26, 2013, in terms or implementation and compliance education. The enforcement phase will not likely be implemented for six to twelve months after the rule is implemented, which gives USDA time to work with States and Tribes to develop their own policies and systems. 

The Center for Beef Excellence was established in 2007 to promote the beef industry through education, production efficiency, government and community relations, and economic development. Representing 28,000 beef producers in Pennsylvania with 1.61 million head of cattle, the industry generates over $2 billion in economic impact yearly in the Commonwealth. The Center for Beef Excellence is an equal opportunity provider. 

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