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U.S. States Further Livestock RFID Use Despite USDA Pause

Although the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service hit the brakes on RFID cattle-tagging requirements, some states have continued to promote and support the use of LF RFID tags to bring traceability to beef and dairy animals.
By Claire Swedberg
Jan 19, 2020

Citing the benefits of disease traceability and automated reporting, several beef and dairy cattle farmers, as well as state agriculture departments, are moving forward on the RFID tagging of cows and bison, even as the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has placed a pause on its RFID requirements.

Last year, the federal agency announced that its prior mandate, that all interstate moving cattle come with an RFID tag for the purpose of unique identification, would not be enforced as previously scheduled. That followed an initial timeline that RFID tags would be required for new cattle by January 2021. In 2023, RFID tags would then have had to be attached to the ears of every cow that moved between states.

The official tag being used is the passive LF RFID 840 tag, typically attached to an animal's ear (see USDA APHIS Proceeds With RFID Deployment Timeline). All states still must comply with the USDA's Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule, which requires official identification of all cattle. However, it does not require RFID.

The RFID-based cattle-tracking system was conceived two years ago to improve animal traceability. At that time, the USDA held nine listening sessions with members of the livestock industry and veterinarians. The US Animal Health Association and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture recommended the transition to RFID identification in order to create digital records of the lives, health and movements of each cow. The USDA was expected to share the cost of the RFID tags, at 50 cents per tag.

Last April, APHIS posted a factsheet to provide producers with information about the agency's guidelines and goals related to animal disease traceability. Since the factsheet was posted, says Joelle Hayden, USDA spokesperson, "APHIS has listened to the livestock industry's feedback." Additionally, executive orders released in October 2019 (Orders 13891 and 13892) indicated that government agencies could not enforce rules against the public unless those rules were promulgated as "regulations" in compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

In light of negative feedback from the cattle industry and current U.S. Executive Branch policy, Hayden says, APHIS believes that it should revisit those guidelines. APHIS removed the RFID-based factsheet from its website, he adds, since it is no longer representative of current agency policy. Several states, however, have indicated that they will continue to promote RFID through a variety of programs.

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