Tagging Texas Cattle: Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention

Texoma ranchers and Texas animal health experts are working together to prevent disease.

The past year has been harsh for ranchers and cattle producers all across the lone star state. Hardships are not stopping the Texas Animal Health Commission and the Department of Agriculture. Both organizations will be working to propose a plan for cattle tagging, and animal disease traceability.

Joe Parker Jr., President of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, said, "It helps the ranchers to be able to know that their herds are safe and healthy." Parker said the TSCRA supports stricter regulations for cattle tagging.

The proposal requires a tagging system for all cattle 18 months or older. Also, a recorded tagging system at the transfer of ownership. The cattle tagging proposal will not only help prevent diseases, but will also help trace where they start.

For the TSCRA to be fully on board with the proposal, Parker said, "It has to be a system that can process at the speed of commerce. Any of the recorded information can only be used for disease traceability only."

It is not clear yet exactly how the tagging system would work. Parker says this is all still in the early planning stages.

Officials encourage Texoma ranchers to voice their opinions and concerns, about the tagging process. People can attend the upcoming Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention.

The Texas Animal Health Commission will be there to talk about the cattle tagging proposal. The TSCRA convention starts March 29th and runs through April 1st. It will be held in Fort Worth, at the Convention Center.

Natalie Garcia,   Newschannel 6