LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) — A federal court in Wyoming dismissed a ranchers’ 2019 lawsuit challenging a Trump administration proposal to mandate the use of radio frequency identification of animals in interstate commerce nearly two months after USDA dropped the proposal.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming dismissed the case last week, according to a court order.
The ranchers, led by the Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America, or R-CALF USA, alleged a 2019 RFID plan “unlawfully mandates” the technology in ear tags and other technology for livestock.
The court determined documents provided by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service were insufficient to prove the agency unlawfully established and utilized two committees to implement its goal of a mandatory RFID system.
In March 2021, legislation was signed into law in Wyoming to give ranchers flexibility to choose how to identify their cattle when shipped interstate, including but not limited to RFID ear tags.