DENVER — March 11 of this year marked a major day for the U.S. livestock industry. That’s the date when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Veterinary Services’ final rule on animal traceability took effect.

But it was just the start. Now all involved industry parties must be on the same page.

To that end, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture and the U.S. Animal Health Association are partnering again to provide a platform where parties involved in animal disease traceability can discuss avenues to ensure success of the rule’s implementation, as well as address possible bumps in the road and how to work through these challenges.

The “Joint Strategy Forum on Animal Disease Traceability: Bringing Industry and Regulatory Leaders Together to Create Sensible Solutions” is set for Aug. 6-7 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver.

The forum features more than 25 speakers and moderators from across animal agriculture, plus several breakout sessions. The forum’s agenda can be accessed online at