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ISSUE DATE: 08/12/2013

Traceability rule could prove beneficial for controlling animal diseases

By Kylene Scott

Imagine an animal disease outbreak is occurring on your farm or ranch, or maybe even a neighboring place. Knowing where the animals came from and their subsequent contact with more animals will help control the spread of the disease as well as possibly prevent future outbreaks.

Recently, Dr. Valarie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate of Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, spoke about the final rule released by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She believes it has the potential to positively affect the control of diseases in the United States. The rule was first published Jan. 9, and was effective March 11.

“The whole idea of being able to rapidly get health certification and animal disease information is really critical in controlling disease,” she said.

Why a rule?

According to the APHIS factsheet, animal disease traceability does not prevent disease; yet, an efficient and accurate traceability system helps reduce the number of animals involved in a disease investigation and reduces the time needed to respond. Reducing the number of animal owners impacted by an animal disease event reduces the economic strain on owners and affected communities.

Ragan said it is important to recognize that with international trading partners there needs to be awareness about the rule and that previous proposed rules have not meant to imply that there is no animal identification in the United States.


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Family farming key to alleviating hunger, poverty
French fries' oil content lower with infrared heat
GOP prepares bill to cut SNAP by 5 percent
Gov. Nixon signs bill bringing accountability to ballot initiative process
Kansan appointed to USDA's animal health advisory board
No food bill, no immigration, prior to recess
OSU professor travels to Mali to provide specialized assistance
Poll: Most rural Nebraskans support continued or more spending on public services
Scientists apply heat to HLB-affected citrus to trigger disease remission
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USDA announces ongoing efforts to assist ranchers affected by drought
USDA approves CP25 emergency haying and grazing


Advisory council accepting nominations for water conservation award
AgriLife Extension economist: Unique wheat, feed grains marketing opportunity slipping away
AgriLife specialist estimates South Plains cotton abandonment at about 40 percent
Beltwide Cotton Conferences' format changing
CME Group announces launch of new crop option
Colorado Corn offers policy internship
Combine manufacturer to have parade
Cover crop, organic farm tour Aug. 17
Dillon drives American Ethanol across the finish line of historic NASCAR race
Elevated CO2 in atmosphere trims wheat, sorghum moisture needs
Fraley recipient of food prize laureate
Fungi collection key in identifying diseases
GMO website launched to provide open, honest information
Harvest season comes to an end for Callie and Taylor
'High Tunnel Handbook' available from UW Extension
Inaugural emerging leaders class chosen
Innovative field days planned
IPSA awards annual scholarships
Little farms, big impact
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Master Marketer series will feature 4 sessions
Misener crew cutting oats as wheat harvest comes to a close
NAMA commends FDA for defining 'gluten-free'
NCC urges Congress to complete work on a comprehensive, multi-year farm bill
New wheat varieties on the horizon
NMSU Extension specialists present at Acoma Agriculture Days
ODAFF releases agriculture industry magazine
Oklahoma Food Safety Task Force meets at FAPC
Organic farm walks focus on making better use of nature's pest management services
Planting technology outpacing agronomy
Rain slows down Osowski Ag Service's harvest progress
Review farm liability coverage limits regularly, says specialist
Roland crew performs its own version of a rain dance
Sorghum board meeting scheduled
Spider mite, fall armyworm webcasts featured in 'Focus on Corn' resource
UNL Extension provides soil, water in-field training
Webcast offers tips on southwestern corn borer management
Wheat planting decision meetings announced
Wheat study report shows high yields across the state
World Soy Foundation donates 380,000 meals to children in Nicaragua


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Cowley selected to lead Houston show
EU agreement expands U.S. beef export opportunities
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Governor's Charity Steer Show celebrates 31st year at Iowa State Fair
Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory to have open house
KCA to hold Cattlemen's Field Day in Soldier
Montana Stockgrowers hold Mid-Year Meeting in Missoula
Murphy wins sheep industry scholarship
OCA honors Allied Partner of the Year
Promoting beef while serving the community
Reinhardt: Cattlemen must speak up for the industry
Retail prices, exports support livestock markets
Sheep industry rolls out smartphone app
Shorthorn juniors unlock their potential at conference
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Symposium to address ways to increase cattle herd
Temple Grandin speaks to cattlemen about low-stress handling techniques
Thompson Farm Field Day features new MU beef breeding, feeding research
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Venting frustrations


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Coffee shop a source of colorful conversation
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Dodge City livestock auction report
Dry conditions allow for fieldwork minnesota
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
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Hay trade in many areas light to steady
Hay trading slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Monsoonal precipitation improves soil moisture conditions in some areas colorado
Most areas see below average rainfall iowa
Most row crops made significant progress, rated good to fair oklahoma
Much of state receives heavy rainfall montana
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Precipitation scarce across state texas
Producers have 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork arkansas
Producers have 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork new mexico
Rangeland remains severely dry; some areas receive precipitation wyoming
Salina livestock auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional livestock sales report
Widespread precipitation limits fieldwork kansas
Widespread showers improve crop conditions missouri


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Rangeland Management Tool
Soil sampling key to producing best forage
Weather affects quantity, quality of hay at Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show


Columnist contest entries close Aug. 31
Fall lawn care series planned in Wichita
Find local, in-season produce with new app from MU Extension
Garden tips for August
Heating, cooking food safely using plastic containers
Hunting leases can provide additional revenue
K-State to host Horticulture Night in Colby
Magnolia fits sloping lots
Native plants often are most ideal for landscapes
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Throw the best party on the block
White-tailed deer management workshop date set Sept. 19
Workshop to focus on food hubs

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