Hoosier livestock producers need to mark their calendars for new animal identification and record keeping requirements. Beginning January 1, 2015, the changes adopted by the members of the Indiana State of Animal Health will take affect and align Indiana with federal laws.
In 2013, the US Department of Agriculture changed the federal requirements for identification and documentation for many livestock species, a program known as Animal Disease Traceability. Since then, BOAH staff has been working to update state rules, which will improve the state's ability to trace high-consequence animal diseases.
With few exceptions, all cattle in or entering Indiana must be identified with one of three forms of official identification:
• 840 tags (may or may not include radio frequency ID chip)
• National Uniform Ear-tagging System tags
• official program tags (such as orange calf-hood vaccination tags); To be official, a tag must bear a U.S. shield emblem and a unique number.
Official ID is required for all:
• sexually intact cattle, 10 months of age or older
• dairy-breed cattle (including crosses) of all ages (including steer) born after March 11, 2013
• exhibition and rodeo cattle
• cattle moving directly to slaughter from the farm
• cattle moving directly to an approved market, where the animal will be identified
Producers may purchase tags in their choice of styles, sizes and formats to suit their operation's needs. Tags are widely available from a growing number of distributors nationwide.
Documentation requirements will change only slightly with the adoption of ADT. A new provision in Indiana requires records be kept for five years by owners, sellers, lessors, and buyers of cattle and bison that sold, purchased, leased, bartered or exchanged.
Records, which will assist BOAH in a disease investigation, must include the animals' ID numbers and the name and address of all parties.
Anyone bringing cattle and bison in Indiana must first obtain a pre-entry permit from BOAH. The permit may now be obtained online, 24 hours a dayv. There are a few exceptions that are noted on the site.
More detail about changes to identification record keeping rules are on the BOAH website.