Senate Bill 5767 requires that dairy cattle be individually identified by state-issued green tags on bull calves and infertile female calves that are under 30 days of age. In addition to bringing the state in line with federal regulations, the records generated by the sale of the tags will create a record of the cattle entering the Washington market, bill sponsor Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, said.
“By having cattle identified by green tags, we create a system that allows dairy producers and the Department of Agriculture to keep track of these animals,” said Hatfield. “In the unfortunate event of an outbreak of disease, farmers and the state will have better records of the dairy herds and will be in a better position to respond.”
The bill received bipartisan support in the House and Senate and will go into effect at the end of July.