EYE WITNESS REPORT ADT
October 29, Sugar Creek, Ohio
ANIMAL DISEASE TRACEABILITY final USDA rules for livestock moving interstate.
Listeners at the ADT power point presentation, Sugar Creek Auction Arena, Sugar Creek, Ohio. RC Farms owner, Roy Yoder, Apple Creek, Ohio, on the left. Veterinarians, state staff and ranchers were in attendance.
The Ohio State Veterinarian, Tony M. Forshey, officiated an ADT rule -- cattle requirements overview meeting with producers on Oct 29. This was one of about a dozen in Ohio and similar to a few hundred held in most states.
My appreciation of Dr. Forshey was increased as I watched him carefully articulate the maze of complicated and difficult federal rules for state veterinarians and animal producers. The tight rope he had to walk being forced to enforce federal rules and yet having "state rights" to tweak certain parts of the rule making process -- his assistant called it "ability to relax" federal ADT rules.
If the Affordable Care Act is confusing, the new ADT changes were a double dose based on the facial expressions of Ohio ranchers and farmers. One major veal producer, said "I am not going to do it!" No reply was offered by Dr. Forshey as to the enforcements, fines or penalties for future non-compliance. (I sensed he did not want to go there considering the mood of this crowd.)
New ADT changes and procedures defined include:
With careful reading, the above do not include all the intricate demands of the new ADT.
- There are federal rules of ADT that are enforced federally and there are ways a state veterinarian can increase enforcements or "relax" these rules. Although the feds have a solid rule process, states can and may or may not relax or add to these rules. The state veterinarian has that authority.
- The federal written rule leaves a clever option --"Other movements as approved." Of which the layman will find out what these "other movements" are in years to come.
- More federal clamp-down enforcements affect cattle than all other animal species.
- The new acronym for vet or health certificate is Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI). No other term will be used in the future.
- At first blush approved animal ID methods seem broader than ever before which includes:
- Official back tags
- NUES (free silver ear clips)
- USDA shield yellow plastic AIN
- 840 pens
- Brand inspections
- Normal ICVI
- Breed registration certificates
- The all new OSS (Owner-Shipper Statement federal form) which, believe it or not allowsÂ the owner-shipper to fill out the basic info of a ICVI, except does not require any health Â evaluation by a veterinarian. (click to see OSS)
- The approval of a breed registration certificate is new. Most breed association certificates contain more information than the ICVI or any other USDA method of ID. For example the Texas Longhorn registration certificate (click to see ITLA cert.) requires:
- A color photo
- OCV on females
- A permanent hot iron herd holding brand
- Individual ID number brand, which is far more documentation than any USDA requirement.
- A new federal category called "commuter herds" is created to accommodate transient herds that cross tribes or herds in joining or different states.
- New ADT rules recommend to USDA tag day old calves in the USA the same as required in Europe where the WTO's Codex Alimentarius is in effect.
- All auction facilities will be politically forced to become a USDA approved official "tagsite."
- The 840 pen is required to attach to a premises ID site number.
- The NUES clip does not require a premises ID.
- Name of original association member/breeder of animal.
The same master minds charged with NAIS (most hated USDA program in history) are still Neil Hammerschmidt and John Wiemers, acting on behalf of the fed, controlling and expanding federal rule books.
To add layers of confusion to ADT consider Obama's "57 states" all have state veterinarians who can apply their own personal "tweaking" to add and remove rules. Take the dozens of different federal flavors of rules, add the state veterinarian's tweak factors, the tribes and the commuter compromise rules and you have a recipe to equal or excel the enforcement confusion of Obama Care.
The NAIS was about identification -- that didn't sell to the livestock industry. The new ADT includes the word disease, for which all animal owners have a healthy respect. Disease prevention is important. However, with the new OSS federal form it takes the veterinarian out of the picture who was licensed to do a "health inspection." Thus, disease has proven to not be the central issue.
Australia was 6 years ahead of the USA with their National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS), which has become the nightmare of all nightmares for ranchers there. They are recording a 32% lost tag record.
Many thought NAIS and ADT was totally about adding government jobs, because all rules, regulations, paper piles, and enforcements cause the feds to hire more staff, which requires more veterinarian inspections and fees. Then, just when it all appeared to make sense, along comes the OSS form that eliminated the veterinarian's job.
Have no fear of simplicity or minimal paper/computer work. On the APHIS factsheet it says,
"Additional traceability requirements for this group (cattle & bison) will be addressed in separate rule-making in the future, allowing more time for APHIS to work closely with industry to ensure the requirements are effective and can be implemented."
Thus Hammerschmidt and Wiemers still have a paying job ever creating "additional requirements."
Is there just a chance of, perhaps -- "less requirements" in the future, to allow the American cattle producer to spend more time just simply going about their business making a living off the livestock they raise instead of being forced to complete unnecessary and unneeded government forms just to ship a cow or bull down the road?
Caption DZ 0660: Tony M. Forshey, DVM, Ohio State Veterinarian, labors to explain the federal ADT rules as two of his support associates assist with the power point presentation. Sugar Creek, Ohio Livestock Auction Barn, Oct 29, 2013.
Caption DZ 0663: Listeners at the ADT power point presentation, Sugar Creek Auction Arena, Sugar Creek, Ohio. RC Farms owner, Roy Yoder, Apple Creek, Ohio, on the left. Veterinarians, state staff and ranchers were in attendance.
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