Multiple state cattlemen’s organizations have linked together to form U.S. CattleTrace, a disease traceability initiative.
The initiative’s goal is to develop a national infrastructure for disease traceability and encourage private industry’s use of the infrastructure for individualized management practices, according to the group’s press release.
Partners include Kansas Livestock Association and others in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington, as well as traceability pilot projects underway in Florida and Texas.
“We encourage other state organizations and individual producers to join our efforts in building a nationally significant animal disease traceability system for the U.S.,” said Brandon Depenbusch, CattleTrace board of directors chairman.
A set of guiding principles include: utilizing electronic ID and electronic transfer of date; developing a voluntary national traceability system; striving to be equitable to all industry segments and industry driven; and supporting a transition to ultra-high frequency technology by Dec. 31, 2023. U.S. Cattle Trace Inc. was originally established in 2018 as Cattle Trace Inc.