Statement Regarding USDA’s New Framework for Animal Disease Traceability
WASHINGTON – The following is a statement from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Steve Foglesong regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new framework for animal disease traceability in the United States:
“We appreciate Secretary Vilsack’s commitment to addressing producers’ concerns with animal ID. The plan appears to lay the foundation for a flexible approach to animal disease traceability, including greater state-involvement and choices in the use of technology.
“We encourage USDA to work closely with producers in the development of the framework moving forward. It’s important that the system is workable for producers, and accomplishes the goal of increased animal surveillance by enabling state and federal animal health officials to respond rapidly and effectively to animal health emergencies.”
NCBA has and continues to support a voluntary, market-driven animal identification system as an important tool for producers to improve herds, monitor disease, and better market their cattle.
For more information on the framework announced by USDA, visit the APHIS website: