INDIANAPOLIS — Many topics, including a proposed
identification program, were discussed at the Indiana Board of Animal Health’s
quarterly meeting April 10.
The board is proposing rule changes to livestock
identification to align with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Disease
A first reading of the proposed rule change was approved at
the board’s quarterly meeting. The proposed change is to ensure Indiana is in
compliance with federal standards.
If passed, the board will recognize three forms of
identification for cattle and bison, including 840 tags, National Uniform
Eartagging System tags and official USDA program tags.
Three forms of identification also will be required for
sheep and goats, including scrapie program flock tags, electronic implant, or
microchip, for breed-registered animals, or a tattoo and registration.
Official identification for equine includes physical
description and permanent forms of identification, including brands, tattoos,
digital photographs or an electronic implant.
Identification requirement for livestock entering Indiana
will vary by species. Specific information can be found by visiting www.in.gov/boah/2328.htm .
A second reading of the rule will take place at the board’s
July 10 meeting. Between now and then, those wanting to express feedback can
find a virtual public hearing at www.in.gov/boah/2615.htm.
If adopted, the identification program would go in to effect
in early 2015.
The proposed rule is a culmination of a lot of effort, said
Bret Marsh, Indiana state veterinarian.
Research into porcine epidemic diarrhea virus continues with
the help of The National Pork Board, which just set aside more than $600,000 for
new studies. Research includes finding the duration of the immunity following an
infection, risk factors for disease spread and more, according to a press
Melissa Justice, veterinarian and director of swine division
at the animal health board, told board members that although there was some
concern the virus was transmitted by porcine blood plasma feed additives, it has
been shown that although the feed is capable of containing PEDV, it is not
proven to transmit the disease.
Owners of state-inspected meat and poultry plants will have
the opportunity to ship products outside of Indiana with an agreement the state
has signed with the USDA through the Cooperative Interstate Shipment agreement
Prior to the agreement, state-inspected products could only
be sold within the state they were produced, according to a press release.
Indiana is the fourth state to enter the program.
Marsh described the program is a “neat opportunity.”
Permits now are available at www.in.gov/boah/2661.htm . Permits
may be requested at any time.
Permit numbers will be assigned at the time of the request,
and the information is then forwarded to the animal health office, said Marianne
Ash, director of the division of animal.
The system was implemented recently and is working well, Ash