While agriculture officials say the the voluntary program will help track diseases, some ranchers are worried about the costs and would rather stick to the old-fashioned way of branding their cattle.
Agriculture officials want ranchers to start tracking their animals electronically, using microchips. The National Animal Identification System, which is currently a voluntary program, would follow a cow’s every move.
But for people like 64-year-old Culver rancher Marilyn Kasch, tracking cattle by their brand, the way she does it and the way her grandparents did it, works. The federal program, she said, would be a logistical nightmare.
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