In comments submitted to United States Department of Agriculture regarding national animal identification, the National Milk Producers Federation says, in essence, "get on with it."
In its Dec. 9 letter, NMPF notes that USDA has spent more than 10 years trying to enact a national animal identification program. It also notes NMPF has long supported a mandatory, centralized program that can quickly identify and trace disease outbreaks to their source.
NMPF says now is the time to move forward, even if that requires dairy-specific provisions that not necessarily align with “any requirements for the beef industry.” Elements of the beef industry, most notably the R-Calf organization, have been rabidly opposed to any national ID program.
Concludes Jamie Jonker, NMPF’s V.P. of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs: “USDA has spent more than a decade attempting to establish an animal identification and disease traceability system. The dairy industry has broadly supported mandatory animal identification and disease traceability to serve as a collective industry insurance policy against catastrophic animal disease outbreaks. NMPF believes now is the time for USDA to implement an animal identification and disease traceability system for the dairy industry.”