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APHIS Issues Final Rule on Branding Requirements for Bovines Imported Into the U.S. from Mexico

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a final rule amending the branding requirements for steers and spayed heifers from Mexico and the branding option for sexually intact bovines from Mexico. The final rule increases the size of the brands, simplifies them to the single letter “M” and moves the brands for sexually intact bovines to the right shoulder of the animal. Currently, cattle from Mexico carry at least two forms of identification, generally a brand and an approved eartag. Cattle imported from Mexico for other than immediate slaughter are required to be branded with “M” for steers, “Mx” for spayed heifers and “MX” brand or tattoo for breeding bovines. The final rule becomes effective January 14, 2019.

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