The USDA is working with states to develop a program to trace cattle ownership in order to contain disease outbreaks. The first proposal for livestock tracking rolled out by the Obama Administration got a chilly reception from ranchers, who feared new federal rules would burden them with extra costs that could slow productivity.
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- Bob Skinner: Owner of Skinner Ranches and former president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association
- Don Hansen: State veterinarian
- Rodger Huffman: State brand inspector
- Julie Laird: Works on Laird Ranch and was the coordinator for the Northwest Pilot Project for Animal Identification and Tracking through USDA
- Kerry St. Syr: Executive director of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency