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.
State livestock inspectors and veterinary personnel are available to assist market operators with official identification and traceability requirements.
Virginia Animal Identification Program
Premises Registration: email@example.com
Official Identification Tags: firstname.lastname@example.org
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