The rule went into effect on March 11, 2013, with the understanding that the first few months would focus on education and outreach to state regulators and stakeholders regarding the new requirements. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (MDACF) is providing this letter and supplemental materials to highlight important points from the rule that are likely to affect your clients' livestock operations.
The federal ADT rule indicates which animals must have official identification for interstate transport, as well as which identification methods are acceptable (summarized below). Under the ADT rule, official identification is defined as a nationally unique number that is permanently associated with an animal or group of animals and that adheres to one of the following systems:
Animal identification is designed to reduce the financial and social impacts of a potential disease outbreak. It is important to uphold and continue confidence in New Hampshire's agricultural and livestock products.
Dr. Stephen Crawford, State Veterinarian
Telephone: (603) 271-2404
Fax: (603) 271-1109
Visit the Contact Us page for Division of Animal Industry contact information.
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NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
Mailing: PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302 -2042
Physical: 25 Capitol Street, Second Floor, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3551 | fax: (603) 271-1109