Washington ag department creating system to track animal diseases

TRI-CITY HERALD STAFFNovember 11, 2013 

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is working on an animal disease traceability system within the state because of how critical it is to trace the source of an outbreak quickly, according to a news release.

The department has already begun work on the computer system needed to better follow livestock movements using $881,000 provided by the 2013 Legislature.

Currently, tracing animals depends on data collected primarily from the Livestock Inspection and the Animal Health programs, which do not capture information on all cattle movement in the state, according to the release.

The department plans to propose rules to remove the current exemption that allows private sales of 15 head or less of unbranded dairy cows to be sold or moved out of state without being inspected.

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