Monday, April 7, 2014

Cattle Rule

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  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.

State Veterinarian/Director

Division of Animal Industry

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


(850) 410-0900

(850) 410-0915  Fax

(850) 251-4175  Cell


407 South Calhoun Street

The Mayo Building

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800


Please note that Florida has a broad public records law (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes). Most written communications to or from state employees are public records obtainable by the public upon request. Emails sent to me at this email address may be considered public and will only be withheld from disclosure if deemed confidential pursuant to the laws of the State of Florida.



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