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New Washington Rule, Fees Planned to Track Cattle

15:18PM Dec 04, 2014

The Washington State Department of Agriculture plans to impose a 23-cent fee on the sale of each head of cattle. The fee would raise more than $275,000 a year to help pay for a database that would help investigate livestock diseases.

The department also plans to end unreported private sales of 15 or fewer unbranded dairy cows. That's also part of the program to trace diseased animals.

The Capital Press reports the department is holding hearings on the two proposed changes on Monday in Olympia and next Tuesday in Ellensburg.