Farmers Protest Animal IDs

9 years 8 months 1 week ago March 28, 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 9:49:17 PM CDT in News

It's optional for farmers to ID their animals, but that could soon become mandatory.


Small farmers worry about the cost to ID each animal, as well as what they consider government interference with their property.

Farmers said there are already enough precautions to control disease, so the new plan won't help them. They said it's designed for international trade.

"It's voluntary right now and, as far as I'm concerned, it will never be on my place as long as I'm living," said farmer James Reed.

You can read the full proposal online at the United States Department of Agriculture website, listed to the right of this story.

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