ANIMAL ID - 2004WHEREAS: tracking a foreign animal disease is much different than tracking an individual animal. Disease
can be transmitted by feed, water, soil, individual animal contact, and parasites: and
WHEREAS: feed contamination is one of the common supposed reasons for certain foreign animal
diseases and regulations controlling this problem have yet to be enforced;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen' Association asks a cost benefit risk analysis study be
taken to see if Individual Animal Identification would be beneficial to those who would be paying for the
implementation of the program.
MANDATORY ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION - 2005WHEREAS: There is not sufficient evidence to indicate that a new mandatory national identification
system would track livestock any more efficiently or quickly than those identification systems already in
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The Montana Cattlemen's Association opposes a mandatory national
identification system for cattle.
ANIMAL HEALTH TRACEBACK SYSTEM - 2005BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association supports working on standardizing a state/tribal
controlled Animal Health Traceback System protocol, but clearly opposes any Animal Health Traceback
System that fails to incorporate existing programs such as Western Brand laws and movement
PREMISES IDENTIFICATION - 2006
WHEREAS the Montana Legislature has not authorized the Montana Department of Livestock to facilitate
premises registration; and
WHEREAS the Montana Department of Livestock is actively promoting premises registration,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Cattlemen's Association recommends that the State of
Montana not actively promote the Premises Registration phase of the National Animal Identification
ANIMAL TRACEABILITY - 2010
WHEREAS, individual animal identification or mandatory traceback requiring individual animal identification is another cost burden to producers; and
WHEREAS, there are already traceability avenues through the bangs tags, hot brands, transportation permits, and health certificates;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Cattlemen's Association opposes any mandatory animal health traceback system that fails to incorporate existing programs such as hot brands, OCV, and movement certificates and requires any other individual animal identification.