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Meetings to cover animal disease traceability

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Many Ohio livestock farmers will be subject to new requirements under the animal disease traceability system, according to rules published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA is holding meetings for anyone who transports livestock across state lines, has their own livestock, veterinarians and their staff, OSU Extension personnel, licensed livestock dealers, haulers or others interested in learning about the new Animal Disease Traceability rule.

These meetings are open to the public, and representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the USDA will be available at the meeting to answer questions.

The goal of the animal disease traceability system is to improve the response to a livestock disease outbreak in the United States. USDA issued final rules on the program in December 2012.

Ohio Farm Bureau held a Web event on the animal disease traceability rules, hosted by Dr. Leah Dorman, a veterinarian and Ohio Farm Bureau’s senior director of the animal and food policy team. She was joined by Ohio’s state veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and by USDA veterinarian Dr. Susan Skorupski. This meeting was recorded and is available exclusively to Ohio Farm Bureau members.

Ohio Farm Bureau members can also request to view a recording of a Web meeting held for members about the Animal Disease Traceability rule.

Meeting schedule:

Oct. 22    6 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. meeting – Union Stockyards, 7510 SR 138, Hillsboro

Oct. 29    Sugarcreek Livestock – time to be determined, 102 Buckeye St., Sugarcreek

Oct. 30    Doors open at 6 p.m., meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., R. G. Drage Career Center, 2800 Richville Drive, Massillon  

Nov. 1    6:30 p.m. at UPI Hillsboro, 976 W Main St., Hillsboro



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