April 4, 2014
On February 19, 2014, the Florida Cattle Identification Rule went into effect. In an effort to assure compliance, an educational period was implemented through April 6, 2014.
During the recent Florida Cattlemen’s Association quarterly meeting, the Florida Association of Livestock Markets expressed their desire to amend the rule to shift the responsibility for cattle identification from the seller at a market to the buyer. While we explore this option, the current rule remains in place but we will extend the current education period.
We will continue to keep the industry informed through email notification and updates on our website http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Animal-Industry/Florida-Cattle-Identification. During this period, we will continue to emphasize premises registration and tagging of cattle on their premises of origin. We will also be working to assist our industry in meeting current federal and other state traceability requirements.
Thomas J. Holt, D.V.M.
Division of Animal Industry
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(850) 410-0915 Fax
(850) 251-4175 Cell
407 South Calhoun Street
The Mayo Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
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