Animal Traceability Rule comments end; awaiting the next step

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USDA’s comment period for the proposed national livestock identification program—or traceability rule-- came to an end on Dec. 9.

The National Pork Producers Council submitted comments on behalf of the Swine Identification Implementation Task Force. The task force, formed in December 2005, includes producers, packers, swine veterinarians and breed registries.

 NPPC has been a strong advocate for animal traceability across all species for the sake of securing the health of the national herd. NPPC’s comments illustrated that the fact that the United States does not have an official pre-harvest traceability system could have significant negative ramifications on preparation, response and continuity of operations should there be a foreign animal disease outbreak in the country.

“A valid traceability system would save millions of animals, reduce the financial burden on the food-animal industry and save the American taxpayer millions of dollars,” NPPC said in its comments.

The U.S. pork industry has had an animal identification system in place since 1987. Today, approximately 95 percent of U.S. pork producers have registered their premises within the system.

NPPC fully supports a mandatory, species-specific, pre-harvest traceability system for all livestock and poultry involved in interstate commerce regardless of the rearing method or operation size. Ensuring an ability to respond to and recover from an FAD or other animal health or food safety related issue is critical not only for maintaining the security of the domestic market but also to keep export markets open to U.S. product.

Estimates are that the United States will ship 25 percent to 27 percent of this year’s pork production overseas. Keeping those markets open is beneficial to everyone who sells market hogs within the United States.



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Darol Dickinson    
Ohio  |  December, 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Pork producers have ever right to promote any government enforced program on themselves that they feel will be helpful to their business. However, when you extend your opinion over into the cattle business, you are out of line. The USA has not produced enough beef to feed the nation for 21 years and actually imported 16% of beef consumed in the last year. Exports do not help ranchers. ADT or NAIS will only add costs of production and further reduce production. However, being a competitor with beef it is easy to see that you want competitive meats to have disadvantages of new and costly government enforcements. I totally understand your interests. Today we have less disease and more government veterinarians on salary than any time in history.

Barbara    
PA  |  December, 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM

I agree with Darol. Why should my pleasure horses be included in a plan to help the export market? They are not raised as food animals, but they being included in ADT because the government wants to open up our borders to foreign diseases to comply with the WTO. Talk about closing the barn door AFTER the horse is loose! Government is bought and paid for by industries that don't want to deal with import/export restrictions, and the public is paying the bill.

Kenny Fox    
SD  |  December, 13, 2011 at 02:51 PM

I totally agree with Darol. We cattle producers are not telling the pork producers how to run their business. We already have disease programs that protect the cattle in the United States that has led to the most health cattle herd in the history of the US. It is the importation of cattle from foreign nations and the disease in wild deer, elk, and bison that USDA/APHIS should be actually doing somethig about instead of constantly harrassing the US cattle producers with a mandatory animal id system.

Joyce Eikenberry    
Southeast Ohio  |  December, 13, 2011 at 03:22 PM

Valid traceability systems already exist. Why burden the smaller farmers in the entire United States with this so-called plan just because factory farms want to export pork? We're paying enough of the bills of the wealthy already; we do NOT need this!

Kay    
South Dakota  |  December, 13, 2011 at 04:09 PM

Darol & Barbara are both right. The beef export market arguement is smoke and mirrors! Plus - as far as the pork industry is concerned, they've been vertically integrated for years! Corporate hog farmers are happy to bow down to government interference because the rules that will put independent producers out of business actually help put more money in the pockets of the big corporations. Nobody has stopped to ask those few remaing independent hog producers how they feel about this new version of NAIS. As for the cattle industry, we HAVE spoken and loudly! No NAIS in any form! It does nothing to increase the safety of our animals or our beef. This is nothing but another scam perpetrated on US consumers who think it sounds like a good idea. But before you support ADT, stop and look at what the government did to COOL (Country of Origin Labeling)! You as a US consumer are not allowed to pick and choose US grown products because our competition in other countries say it is UNFAIR for us to proudly label our product! Yet, they claim that consumers don't really care about such things... Let the people who raise the food and the people who purchase and eat the food decide!

Sharon Zecchinelli    
VT  |  December, 13, 2011 at 04:14 PM

After all of these years NPPC still thinks that traceability would save the consumer money and "reduce the financial burden on the food-animal industry". Quite the opposite is true. As we said all along, if the pork producers are so hot to trot about traceability do it. But leave the rest of us out of it.

Celeste Bishop    
Washington  |  December, 13, 2011 at 05:00 PM

It appears as though the NPPC is not satisfied with the new animal traceability regulation but has become an accomplice in the planned military seizure of Americans private property, namely their livestock. The NPPC leopard has shown their spots throwing around terms such as: Preparation, Response, Recovery, and Continuity-of-Operations which originate from military departments of emergency management such as FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. These terms are not customarily found in agricultural circles except for those participants who have bitten the golden export apple or through collaboration via contractual agreement thus agreeing to become a mouthpiece for the One Health eco-military complex. Shame on you NPPC for interfering in my right to raise my animals they way I want for your own selfish gain! You raise your animals the way you want, but as the old saying goes, “Don’t tread on me”!

Celeste Bishop    
Washington  |  December, 13, 2011 at 05:01 PM

It appears as though the NPPC is not satisfied with the new animal traceability regulation but has become an accomplice in the planned military seizure of Americans private property, namely their livestock. The NPPC leopard has shown their spots throwing around terms such as: Preparation, Response, Recovery, and Continuity-of-Operations which originate from military departments of emergency management such as FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. These terms are not customarily found in agricultural circles except for those participants who have bitten the golden export apple or through collaboration via contractual agreement thus agreeing to become a mouthpiece for the One Health eco-military complex. Shame on you NPPC for interfering in my right to raise my animals they way I want for your own selfish gain! You raise your animals the way you want, but as the old saying goes, “Don’t tread on me”!

esbee    
tx  |  December, 13, 2011 at 09:31 PM

If NAIS, now ADT, is such a great idea, why are so many against it? Why am I being brought in (as a horse owner) to work and fund a program that I get no pay or benefits from but big ag gets all the benefits and profits...Is that not going against my 13th amend right (forced servitude)? When is the govt/USDA/big ag going to realize this program will not work unless they do what Nazi Germany and Stalin in communist Russia did to push their social/agprograms (brute force, jail, army and execution) They got their way but at the cost of millions of lives. Oops,. maybe I better not give them any ideas!

Stan Searle    
Monument, Colorado  |  December, 13, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Even after the expenditure of untold millions of taxpayer dollars, the USDA could only enlist a handful of participants in NAIS through coercion. Your claim that "A valid traceability system would save millions of animals, reduce the financial burden on the food-animal industry and save the American taxpayer millions of dollars" is without basis. Pure fiction! Perhaps there is something uniquely vulnerable about swine (which I doubt), but the best efforts of the government PR folks could not produce evidence that a single diseased cow would have been identified that was not quickly located with traditional branding and record keeping practices. I suspect that it's too late for the hog producers . . . but please don't become complicit in forcing an expensive, useless Federal program on your brethren who raise other kinds of livestock.

Paige Evans    
Kiowa, Colorado  |  December, 14, 2011 at 04:40 PM

We've had tracking capability going back to when the first fire brands were used. Recently the USDA said they are considering ear tags instead of fire brands for ID. Critters can lose even the strongest ear tags. Accidents happen, often tearing the the right out of the ear itself. And guess what? Livestock can't lose a brand, no matter how hard they try. When will the government stop forcing ridicules tactics when we know this is all about gaining control over America's food producers and the products we supply? USDA should think about feeding America first and quit playing games. By manupulating and regulating every area of our business, the USDA is driving up the cost of our food supply. Worse yet, is what we see as incompetitence really an attempt by government to take over one more area of free enterprise?

esbee    
tx  |  December, 14, 2011 at 04:26 PM

Have the people who are part of this website and in pork production noticed that all the comments are vehemently AGAINST any sort of disease traceability program? Why is that? Are those against ADT all wrong and those for ADt totally right? We have presented sound reasons why NAIS/ADT will not work, why it is not needed, yet we are ignored as big ag tramples on toward getting their way. I thought this was America, not communist Russia or Nazi Germany.


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