Public hearing on animal identification slated for Montpelier

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The Vermont House and Senate Agriculture committees are expecting to get an earful when they hold a public hearing tomorrow on proposed animal identification systems.

Vermont Agriculture Secretary Steve Kerr says a state premise ID program is needed to fight the possible spread of animal diseases and could be used to quarantine animals if need be.

Some farmers, particularly those with small operations are worried about the costs and logistics of such programs.

Tomorrow evening’s hearing is set for 6:30 at the Statehouse in Montpelier.

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