The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published its final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule in the Federal Register Jan. 9.
Now that it has been published, the rule becomes effective Mar. 11, 2013.
Under this rulemaking, unless specifically exempted, livestock belonging to species covered by the regulations that are moved interstate must be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation. These regulations specify approved forms of official identification for each species but allow the livestock covered under this rulemaking to be moved interstate with another form of identification, as agreed upon by animal health officials in the shipping and receiving States or Tribes. The purpose of this rulemaking is to improve our ability to trace livestock in the event that disease is found.
Wednesday January 9, 2012/ Federal Register/ United States.