NLPA Chairman Mannschreck Joins the
Animal Disease Traceability Discussion at Joint Forum
Springs, CO (Sept. 2, 2010) -- Stan Mannschreck, Chairman of the National Livestock Producers Association was one of 190+ attendees at the Joint Industry and Regulatory Strategy Forum on Animal Disease Traceability in Denver, Colorado, Aug. 30-31.
The meeting was co-hosted by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture and the United States Animal Health Association. Mannschreck, a cattle rancher from Anadarko, Okla., also serves on the board of directors for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.
“This meeting brought together a large segment of the livestock industry, including several individuals representing livestock markets, with the regulators we need to work with to meet the goals of food safety,” Mannschreck said. “We have to communicate to ensure an animal disease traceability system will translate into feasible practices for production agriculture.”
Thirty-seven states were represented at the meeting, including a variety of members of the beef, dairy, pork, poultry, sheep, goat, horse, deer, and camelid industries. Several members from USDA, including Chief Veterinary Medical Officer John Clifford of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and many state veterinarians were available to answer questions about the new animal disease traceability framework developed by the State/Tribal Working Group.
During February 2010, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that his agency would be redirecting its efforts surrounding animal identification in the nation to the development of a framework for animal disease traceability. The new framework places USDA in the role of determining rules for interstate movement of animals, and places the responsibility of traceability on States and Tribal Nations within their own boundaries. Given the details involved with this change in direction, there have been many questions raised by animal producers and marketers, as well as State and Tribal animal health officials.
The Forum will lead to the development of a white paper that will document the many issues and potential solutions surrounding animal disease traceability which will be useful to decision-makers as rules are developed.
Please visit www.AnimalDiseaseTraceability.com for more information about the meeting. The resulting white paper will be available at this site upon its completion in the next few days.
The National Livestock Producers Association, founded in 1921,
is an organization of livestock marketing cooperatives and credit
corporations representing more than 215,000 livestock producers