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Animal ID Program Has Ranchers Concerned

Sacramento, CA — California cattle ranchers recently participated in a forum on the government proposed animal identification program.

Reports indicate ranchers understood that consumers would benefit from the program.

However, they expressed concern over the cost and who would pay for it. Ranchers also feared they might be held liable in lawsuits bright about by someone mishandling product long after it has left their control.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants an animal ID program in place by 2009.

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh