The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a “pause” to its previously mandated transition to radio frequency identification (RFID) for official identification of cattle through Animal Disease Traceability. USDA is reviewing the guidelines, which originally required all sexually intact adult cattle sold or moved by interstate to bear an RFID tag by 2023.
Dean Foods, which manufactures milk and dairy products including Land O’ Lakes and Organic Valley, filed for bankruptcy. It blames struggles on declining consumption of white milk. Sales dropped 7% in the first half of 2019, with profits falling 14%.