AUSTIN -- A requirement for adult cattle in Texas to have an approved form of permanent identification in place at change of ownership will go into effect Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission in an Oct. 4 press release. The commission amended its rules in June of this year to enhance the effective traceability of beef cattle movements in Texas, which is the cornerstone of disease control activities. Implementation of the changes was delayed by the commission to ensure cattle producers understand the requirements and can prepare for the changes. This rule is not a federal rule, but it will put the beef industry in compliance with the anticipated U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disease Traceability rule for interstate movement expected to be released later this year. . . .