Hawaii Animal Disease Traceability Program

Posted: April 16, 2013

The final rule for Animal Disease Traceability for interstate movement of livestock and poultry was published in Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 86 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 9, 2013.  The rule focusing on enhancing interstate traceability of cattle, equine and poultry became effective March 11, 2013.  Previously published regulations for interstate movement of captive cervids, swine, sheep and goats remain in effect.  For livestock being moved interstate, the ADT rule includes requirements for official identification (ID) of animals and documentation, such as an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI).  Accredited veterinarians have an important role in animal disease traceability; the final rule specifies their responsibilities.  To view the CFR visit the following link:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2012/12/pdf/traceability_final_rule.pdf

Some states may have additional import requirements and it is important for the accredited veterinarian to comply with import rules of the states of destination.

The accredited veterinarian is responsible for accurate completion of the ICVI documenting official ID, for promptly forwarding copies of the ICVI to designated recipient(s) and for retaining records of official movement documents.  If the veterinarian distributes official ID devices, there is a requirement of ID distribution records.  The final rule specifies that accredited veterinarians must forward a copy of the ICVI with supporting documentation to the state of origin within seven (7) working days of issue. Additional record retention rules can be reviewed within the document at this link:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/downloads/rule_movement_general.pdf

For most classes of livestock, the ADT rule for interstate movement requires official ID, with a USDA-approved official ID device or method, and an ICVI with the shipment.  For specific information visit the following link:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/materials.shtml

When official ID is required for interstate movement, animals must be officially identified before issue of an ICVI and the animal identification must appear on the ICVI.  Use of another document to provide the individual official ID with the ICVI, as an alternative to typing or writing the official ID on the ICVI, is acceptable if the shipping and receiving state agree.  USDA “ADT general Standards document” provides important information on types of official ID and instructions for replacement of official ID.  This document is available at:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/downloads/ADT_standards.pdf

Summary of official identification devices can be found at this link:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/downloads/ADT_eartags_criteria.pdf

To obtain a National premises registration number (PIN), fill out this registration form and return to our office:

Hawaii Animal Premises Identification System
Animal Industry Division
99-941 Halawa Valley St.
Aiea, HI 96701

Phone:  (808) 483-7100      Fax (808) 483-7110   

Email: HDOA.ADT@hawaii.gov