USDA “Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate” Rule

On December 20, 2013, the USDA announced a final Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate rule that established general regulations for improving the traceability of US livestock moving interstate. The rule became effective March 11, 2013, and is a key component of the country’s Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program.

Under the final rule, unless specifically exempted, livestock moved interstate must be officially identified and accompanied by an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates.

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