Branding out; microchips in

Ranchers are expressing concerns over a government microchip program for tracking cattle.

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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.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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