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Animal ID program to begin in January
SAN MARCOS -- Effective Jan. 1, 2013, ranchers will have to tag their animals, due to the new Texas Animal Disease Traceability program. Thus far, the news has received mixed reviews, with one Texas group approving a resolution against one provision of the ID program at its annual meeting.
Effective Jan. 1, “all sexually intact cattle, parturient or post parturient, or 18 months of age and older, changing ownership within Texas shall be officially identified with approved permanent identification,” according to a Texas Animal Health Commission fact sheet.
During the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas (ICA) annual convention held in San Marcos June 20-22, a proclamation was approved by the ICA directors against one provision of the proposed rules regarding the tagging of animals going directly to slaughter.
Also during the San Marcos meeting, Dr. Dee Ellis, state veterinarian with the Texas Animal Health Commission, outlined the reasons for this program. See pages 1D-2D for more.
Producers also were given the opportunity to acquire the free tags to be used beginning Jan. 1.
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