USDA Announces Intent to Pursue Rulemaking on RFID Use in Animal Disease Traceability

Dan Cattle, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) announced Tuesday that after reviewing 944 public comments on a July 2020 notice that proposed to approve Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as the official ear tag for use in the interstate movement of cattle, they have decided to use the rulemaking process for future activities related to this proposal. This means that …

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USDA Pauses RFID Ear Tag Proposal

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

(NAFB) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has paused its effort to mandate radio-frequency identification (RFID) ear tags for cattle and bison. The proposal would have mandated the ear tags for animals moved in interstate commerce beginning in January of 2023. A guidance document detailing the proposal on the USDA website was recently removed, following a lawsuit against the …