On January 9, 2013, USDA published a final rule (9 CFR, part 86) titled “Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate.” The rule establishes requirements for the official identification of livestock and documentation for certain interstate movements of livestock.
Specifically, unless exempted, livestock belonging to species covered by the regulations that are moved interstate must:
Livestock species covered under this rule include cattle and bison, horses and other equine species, poultry, sheep and goats, swine, and captive cervids.
Official identification and movement documentation is essential to tracing livestock when disease is found. Additionally, you are encouraged to contact your State Animal Health Official for more information pertaining to your State’s traceability activities and requirements.