Wednesday, December 7

USDA Seeks public comments on proposed Livestock Rule

Baton Rouge, LA - The USDA has proposed a traceability rule for livestock that will require identification for animals that enter interstate commerce. The purpose of this rule, called the Animal Disease Traceability Proposed Rule, is to find the source of any disease outbreak quickly.

Cattle, horses, goats, poultry, swine are among the livestock included. The rule is to take effect in early 2013 and the states will administer it. In addition to identification, veterinary health certificates will be required for all animals not covered by an exemption.

More information and access to the proposed rule are available at

The public is invited to review the rule and submit comments by December 9 at:!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2009-0091-0001 or via email to or by Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery to: Docket No. APHIS-2009-0091, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit
118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

For further detail, please contact Emily King at 225-771-2242

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