skilletlicker, this whole issue just makes my head hurt. There is so much info published on this that I do not know what is good info and what is mis-information. Look at this.......
"Market to drive national animal identification
By Shannon Burkdoll, The Prairie Star Editor
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 12:29 PM MST
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in recent months it has no intention of making the National Animal Identification System mandatory - it is permanently voluntary. Some are skeptical of the voluntary statement and others have diagnosed the death of the program from this statement."
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