- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The state Board of Animal Health has voted to adopt standards that align Indiana with a federal livestock identification program aimed at helping agriculture officials quickly track livestock in cases of disease.

Indiana State Veterinarian Bret Marsh says Indiana will start its new livestock identification and documentation requirements on Jan. 1.

He says the program will make it easier to track the movement of animals and minimize the impact of high-consequence diseases such as bovine tuberculosis or foot-and-mouth disease.

Under the new laws, beef and dairy cattle owners must utilize one of three forms of official tags and producers must keep records of all purchases, sales, leases and movements of cattle and bison for five years.