National Scrapie Eradication Program

The folks at USDA APHIS VS released their latest report on scrapie eradication. Given our on-going battle with scrapie here in AZ I thought it would be helpful to folks to point it out.

Sept 2013 Monthly Report is a pdf file of a MS PowerPoint presentation. It’s comprised of 25 slides.The report provides a program summary along with considerable details and data of the eradication efforts in the country – lots of maps, charts and graphs.

There is also some information concerning the Scrapie Flock Certification Program. Please follow the link above to take a look. I think you’ll find it informative.

And don’t forget to enjoy the ride.

Animal Disease Traceability – ADT for Cattle

An overview of the Animal Disease Traceability for Cattle – Final Rule

Animal disease traceability,
• or knowing where diseased and at-risk animals are,
• where they’ve been,
• and when,
is very important to ensure a rapid response when animal disease events take place.

An efficient and accurate animal disease traceability system helps:
• reduce the number of animals involved in an investigation,
• reduces the time needed to respond,
• and decreases the cost to producers and the government.

On December 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate.

Under the final rule, unless specifically exempted, livestock moved interstate must be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as an owner-shipper statement. However, Arizona laws supersedes the final rule and is very specific that all animals (unless otherwise specifically provided for) transported or moved into the state of Arizona, must be accompanied by a health certificate (CVI). Note: Always check with the state for their requirements when transporting/moving livestock.

Producers may apply official identification to their own animals before they are transported interstate, and metal ear tags are available at approved tag distributors in Arizona.

For more specific details about the regulation and how it will affect producers, visit the USDA-APHIS Traceability website.

Full text of the USDA-APHIS final rule Traceability for Livestock Moved Interstate published in the Federal Register can be found here.

ADT General Requirements

The Traceability for Livestock Moved Interstate rule establishes minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. The species covered in the rule include cattle and bison, sheep and goats, swine, horses and other equines, captive cervids (e.g., deer and elk), and poultry. The covered animals moved interstate, unless otherwise exempt, would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (ICVI) or other movement document.

The requirements do not apply to livestock moving:

• Entirely within Tribal land that straddles a State line and the Tribe has a separate traceability system from the States in which its lands are located
• To a custom slaughter facility in accordance with Federal and State regulations for preparation of meat
Other exemptions are applied on a species-specific basis.
The final rule has several differences from the proposed rule issued in August 2011. These include:
• Accepting the use of brands, tattoos and brand registration as official identification when accepted by the shipping and receiving States or Tribes
• Permanently maintaining the use of backtags as an alternative to official eartags for cattle and bison moved directly to slaughter
• Accepting movement documentation other than an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) for all ages and classes of cattle when accepted by the shipping and receiving States or Tribes
• Clarifying that all livestock moved interstate to a custom slaughter facility are exempt from the regulations
• Exempting chicks moved interstate from a hatchery from the official identification requirements
Beef cattle under 18 months of age, unless they are moved interstate for shows, exhibitions, rodeos, or recreational events, are exempt from the official identification requirement in this rule. These specific traceability requirements for this group will be addressed in separate rulemaking, allowing APHIS to work closely with industry to ensure the effective implementation of the identification requirements.

You may have noticed that many organizations and teams are wearing pink this month, show-casing their support for the fight against breast cancer. BE PINK!

Serving Arizonans…One Animal at a Time


Welcome Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Chris McCarthy

Dr. Chris McCarthy is an assistant state veterinarian with the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA), Animal Services Division, Office of the State Veterinarian, in Phoenix, Arizona.

She received her DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.

Before joining the ADA, Dr. McCarthy worked with USDA – Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) in several states. Prior to the USDA, Dr. McCarthy practiced equine dentistry, medicine and surgery in solo and group ambulatory practice for nine years in Southern California.

In her current position, Dr. McCarthy serves as the Program Coordinator/Epidemiologist for Animal Disease Traceability, foreign animal diseases, equine issues, and avian programs.

OK. I’ll stop referring to myself in the third person now. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Serving Arizonans…One Animal at a Time