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Virginia Animal ID Program - Markets and Dealers

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Virginia Animal ID Program
Information for Producers
Information for Veterinarians
Information for Markets and Dealers
Official Identification
Premises Registration

Livestock Markets, Buying Stations and Cattle Dealers

The federal Animal Disease Traceability Rule published in January 2013 requires the following of all federally-approved livestock markets and buying stations:

Recognizing that market operators are not in a good position to enforce federal traceability rules without substantial impact to their businesses, VDACS has worked with the Virginia Livestock Marketing Association and adjoining states to create policies that facilitate the movement of cattle and at the same time improve animal disease traceability in the Commonwealth. Approved markets and tagging sites in Virginia may voluntarily enter into a binding agreement with VDACS that exempts them from federal identification and CVI requirements as long as the following conditions are met:

In addition, cattle moving from an approved Virginia livestock market and tagging site to North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or West Virginia may use a shipping statement or sale receipt in lieu of a CVI as long as back tags or official ID numbers are listed on the document.

Cattle moving to other states not listed above must meet all entry requirements of those states as well as federal ADT requirements (official ID and CVI generally required).

State livestock inspectors and veterinary personnel are available to assist market operators with official identification and traceability requirements.

For more information, please contact:
Richard Odom, Program Manager
VDACS Virginia Animal Identification Program
102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219
804.692.0600
richard.odom@vdacs.virginia.gov

Premises Registration: prem.id@vdacs.virginia.gov
Official Identification Tags: tags@vdacs.virginia.gov
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