R-CALF USA Opposed to RFID Ear Tag Mandates
“It's a forced mandate, and there's no return in the marketplace, there is no promise of an economic reward for having expended the significant amount of money in order to use these tags. And we're also clearly aware that this is simply phase one. USDA first wants to require RFID technology on all adult cattle over 18 months of age that are sexually attacked, that are crossing state lines. So they're starting small, because they want to minimize the opposition. But ultimately, what the government wants is they want every single animal to the RFID ear tag at the time it hits the ground. And then they want every producer to register their premises with the federal government. And then there will be a requirement to track every movement of that animal throughout its lifespan.”
Which Bullard says is an infringement on freedoms and liberties of producers.
“ Who should be accorded the right to choose what best fits their individual operation, whether it be a bright metal ear tag or a RFID chip or a back tag or a tattoo.”
Bullard ads that questions remain on who will run and who will maintain the database.