The Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian has announced that the federal government will require most Kentucky cattle to bear a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag in the next few years.
“By 2023, only RFID tags will be considered official identification,” State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout said. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requiring the RFID tags and phasing out metal tags to improve our ability to trace animal movement quickly and efficiently in the event of a livestock disease outbreak. A strong traceability system is absolutely essential to maintaining open overseas markets for Kentucky and U.S. cattle.”
Animals that will require official, individual RFID tags include:
-Beef cattle and bison that are sexually intact and 18 months or older;
-Beef cattle and bison used for rodeo or recreational events (regardless of age);
-Beef cattle and bison used for shows or exhibitions;
-All female dairy cattle; and
-All male dairy cattle born after March 11, 2013.