California Department of Food and Agriculture

Animal Disease Traceability

The ability to rapidly trace movements of diseased animals or at-risk animals exposed to disease is essential for a prompt response to an animal disease event. Animal disease traceability does not prevent disease, but is an indispensable element for ongoing disease control programs and for emergency response disease investigations by animal health officials. Federal and state animal health officials, in cooperation with livestock industry stakeholders, developed an animal traceability framework to enhance the ability to trace the movement of livestock. The United States Department of Agriculture has the authority to regulate and promulgate regulations for the interstate movement of livestock.

wedge NOTICE:
The final rule for Animal Disease Traceability for interstate movement of livestock was published in Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 86 by the United States Department of Agriculture on January 9, 2013. The rule, which focuses on enhancing interstate traceability of cattle, equine and poultry, became effective March 11, 2013. Previous existing federal regulations for interstate movement of captive cervids (i.e., deer and elk), swine, sheep and goats remain in effect.

It is important to verify entry requirements of the destination state before moving livestock and poultry; some states may have additional regulations and requirements.

Identification of premises involved in animal agriculture is an asset to achieving an efficient and effective animal disease traceability program. Producers voluntarily contribute to the effectiveness of the program by obtaining a National Premises Identification Number (NPIN). Producers who have a NPIN are able to order official AIN (840) tags.

To obtain a Premises Identification Number
visit or call 866-325-5681

Animal disease traceability contributes to the safeguarding of animal health. The protection of American animal agriculture, which is vital to the well-being of all U.S. citizens, promotes human health; provides wholesome, reliable, and secure food resources; mitigates national economic threats; and enhances a sustainable environment.

For additional information email Animal Health Branch Animal Identification Team (