APPLYING TRACEABILITY TO ADDITIONAL CATTLE
DISCUSSED AT FORUM

     The Kansas Department of Agriculture hosted an animal disease traceability (ADT) forum last week in Manhattan. Personnel from USDA Veterinary Services provided background on the current ADT program and details on traceability performance measures. As it currently stands, ADT generally applies to sexually intact cattle 18 months of age and older moving across state lines. These cattle must officially be identified and listed on an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection.
     Discussion during the forum focused on the most effective form of identification, the benefits of using radio frequency identification and concern about adding classes of cattle to the current rule. KLA staff emphasized the importance of phasing in additional classes of cattle to ensure broad support from beef industry participants.
     Dan Harris of Holton and Harry Moser from Wheaton, both members of the KLA Board of Directors, shared their perspectives as part of a stakeholder panel.

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