North Dakota Stockmen’s Association President Jason Leiseth’s phone was going off non-stop in the past week over the issue of electronic identification. With those policy committee meetings complete at the Cattle Industry Convention, Leiseth is pleased with how the issue was handled. “We had a very healthy discussion for the industry about the topic; there was none of the mention of mandatory things that were tossed around in those phone calls.” Leiseth said the final amendment encourages the advancement toward electronic animal ID for breeding cattle over 18 months of age, rodeo cattle, exhibition cattle and dairy cattle which lines up with what APHIS is expected to have when it submits a final rule.”
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