On December 20, 2012, publication of the USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule hit news wires all over the United States, but it wasn't until January 9, 2013 that the rule was actually published in the Federal Register.
Effective March 11, 2013, the ADT rule's core principle, with some exemptions, will require that livestock moving interstate must be officially identified and accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection. Due to changes within the rule, some forms of identification you have relied on in the past may no longer be official once the rule is fully implemented.
What this means for Wisconsin:
Vaccinating and Disease Testing Your Animals?
Ship Directly to Slaughter?
Animals at Market?
Veterinarian Writing Health Papers or a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection?
Traceability rule finalized
What do you need to know now that the final USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule has been published?
The core principle of the rule, with some exceptions, requires that livestock moving interstate must be officially identified. Some forms of identification you have relied on in the past may no longer be official once the rule is fully implemented.
If you're not sure what to do or don't want to spend the time researching, you're in luck! The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) has already developed an easy solution for you!