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Dr. John Clifford of APHIS Offers Insights Into New Animal Disease Traceability Rule

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:30:01 CST

Dr. John Clifford of APHIS Offers Insights Into New Animal Disease Traceability Rule

Three years after the initial framework, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final rule this past Thursday establishing regulations for animal disease traceability (ADT) of U.S. livestock moving interstate.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA is prepared to publish the final rule on Dec. 28. He said it only applies to animals moving interstate and does not require any specific identification tag or “dictate a particular format for record keeping.”

The Chief Vet for USDA and head of APHIS, Dr. John Clifford, held a teleconference with stakeholders and went into the fine details of the final rule that will take effect February 26, 2013 and will likely be enforced six months to a year after becoming effective.

We feature some of Dr. Clifford's comments about the rule on today's Beef Buzz. For our complete story about the Rule, which includes the full audio with the Stakeholders as well as a link to a six page Q&A that USDA has put together about the Rule, click here.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Dr. John Clifford of USDA on the ADT.
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