Understanding Indiana's Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) Rule
Indiana State Board of Animal Health Article
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Indiana's animal identification rules will change to comply with USDA's Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program.
The changes reflect new federal requirements for identification and documentation for all major livestock species to improve national traceability in high-consequence disease incidents, such as bovine tuberculosis. Some of the dairy-specific requirements for ID actually took effect at the federal level in March of last year. Since then, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) staff has been working to rewrite state rules to align with USDA's.
The following guidelines describe what types of identification and documentation are considered official in Indiana, along with when they are required.
BOAH recognizes three forms of identification as official for cattle and bison. All are approved by USDA for interstate movements of livestock, and are accepted by all 50 states:
- 840 tags (15-digit number beginning with 840, may or may not be RFID)
- NUES (brite) tags, available in steel or plastic ("steel clips")
- Official USDA program tags (brucellosis)
To be considered official, all tags must bear the US shield. Old, out-dated tags are not acceptable, unless they were placed in the animal before March 11, 2015. After that date, all tags must comply with the new standards.
Official ID is required upon change of ownership and/or entry to Indiana for the following cattle:
- All sexually intact, 18 months or older
- All dairy breed females (including crosses) of any age
- All dairy breed bulls and steers born after 3-11-2013 (including crosses and veal calves)
All exhibition/rodeo cattle must also bear official ID, regardless of age.