By Renny MacKay
Laramie, WY – The U-S Department of Agriculture has shut down the national animal I-D program. It was set up in 2004 to try and track cattle from birth to slaughter, so that federal officials who identify diseased animals could track where they'd been previously. The head of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Jim Magagna (muh gayg nuh), says they welcome this decision to abandon this program.
"I've often used the national animal identification system as just an outstanding example of how not to unveil a federal program."
The U-S-D-A says the plan now is to have states administer their own programs for tracking animals sold across state lines. Magagna says Wyoming is well situated to do this.