Government Wants to Go All-In On RFID Tags

Final implementation of the traceability program begins January 1, 2023, when RFID ear tags would be required for beef cattle, dairy cattle and bison moving interstate. If an animal has a metal tag they would need to be retagged to move. Feeder cattle, or animals moving directly to a custom slaughter facility, are not expected to be subject to the RFID requirements.

RFID tags would be applied at birth, or prior to moving the animal off the farm (interstate). The tags must be USDA approved, tamper proof, have unique ID and display the official US ear tag shield. To acquire a RFID tag, producers need a premises identification number, which can be obtained through state agencies.

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