Final steps for animal disease traceability in Indiana

Animal Disease Traceability is one stop closer in Indiana.  Indiana State Veterinarian Dr. Bret Marsh says the changes to Indiana’s livestock identification and documentation requirements will put Hoosiers in compliance with the federal animal disease traceability rule that was implemented in 2013.  “It basically says there are certain specific identifications for livestock that move in interstate commerce and specific types of documentation,” he says.  “The advantage we have in Indiana is that we’ve already been doing a lot of this work for a long time.  Many of the things produces won’t see a big change with as livestock moves inter or intra state.”

Marsh tells Brownfield the rule needs to go through some final steps in the Governor’s office and will be ready for implementation around January 1, 2015.

But in the meantime – there are ways for producers to be prepared.  “First is to have your premises registered,” he says.  “It doesn’t take much more information than you might find in a phone book.  We’re not concerned with how many animals are on a site – just that it is a site that has animals on it.  Particularly as it deals with traceability.”

Dr. Marsh details species specific premises registration in the interview below.

AUDIO: Dr. Bret Marsh, Animal Disease Traceability (3:30mp3)

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