DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - August 10, 2011 Vilsack on Tuesday announced a new proposal to require that
animals be certified as disease-free before they can be transported
between states. The rules would require transported livestock to be
officially identified by an interstate certificate of veterinary
inspection or other documents and have an approved form of
identification, such as metal eartags for cattle.
Vilsack says fewer than 30 percent of producers participate in
the current, voluntary program.
States would administer the new program and it would cost $14.5
million a year, which Vilsack says would require congressional
support. He says the program would still reduce costs to producers
and the government.