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Traceability rules go too far [RESULTS]

Progressive Cattleman Editor David Cooper Published on 22 February 2013

022213 poll results 1Readers at by a wide majority say the new traceability rules implemented by the USDA are too stringent. The new rules go into effect March 11, and will require identification and transport documents, if the cattle are older than 18 months and crossing state lines.

The new regulations give options to producers to choose the method of ID, and flexibility to the states to make their system permissible, as long as it’s an agreed form by the shipping state and the receiving state.

In an online poll at just more than 62 percent of respondents said the new rules are “too tight. Federal agencies created laws that were excessive and unnecessary.”

Another 23 percent said the traceability rules amounted to “a good compromise. Officials took the necessary time to get it right.”

Another 14 percent said the new rules were “not stringent enough. Traceability laws still need to be tougher across the U.S.”

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