In February 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) abandoned its decades old National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and proposed to implement an animal disease traceability system. In August 2011, APHIS published a proposed rule on this new approach and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) submitted comments on Dec. 9, 2011. NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen will take a look at the proposed animal disease traceability program during a live call-in show on Tues., Dec. 13, 2011, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on RFD-TV.

NCBA is supportive of an animal disease traceability program for cattle health purposes and has been an industry leader working with other cattle groups and APHIS to ensure cattlemen’s concerns are addressed and that the new program is workable for industry as well as state and federal animal health officials.