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RFID Tags on Hold, For Now

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has called off implementation of a rule by Federal Register Notice that would have made the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) for the interstate movement of cattle mandatory as of Jan. 1, 2023.

R-CALF USA noted in a news release it sent out on the issue that it had submitted formal comments arguing the RFID notice was unlawful and the only way the agency could change current law was through a formal rulemaking process. The APHIS announcement indicated it intended to do just that.