West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Cattle Owners Alerted to Begin Tagging Animals USDA

1/30/2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule will go into effect March 11, and owners of show cattle – or any other cattle that might be transported to other states – will be those immediately affected by the new program.

The rule requires individual identification for cattle that are moved across state lines for shows, rodeos and other recreational events. West Virginia will require an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) for incoming animals, as permitted by the federal rule.

“Traceability will allow a quicker and more efficient response to any case of communicable disease, resulting in less disruption to business and trade. I think West Virginia’s farmers see the value in this type of program,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.

“This rule has been implemented for the sole purpose of protecting our nation’s cattle industries from widespread disease outbreaks,” added West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) State Veterinarian Dr. Jewell Plumley. “Having this type of information available is invaluable when we’re trying to determine what animals may have been exposed to disease.”

Specifically exempted from this rule are animals that are being moved to a custom slaughter facility in accordance with state or federal regulations. Beef cattle under 18 months of age are also exempt, as long as they are not being moved to take part in recreational events. Identification of those animals will be addressed through a separate rule-making process.

Owners of affected animals are advised to apply for a premise identification number if they do not already have one, and to purchase enough tags to identify their animals. Producers can request a premise ID application by contacting WVDA’s Shelly Lantz at 304-558-2214, slantz@wvda.us. Tags can be purchased online from the manufacturers or, in many cases, at the local feed store. West Virginia recommends the use of the NUES, or “Brite,” metal eartags, or the so-called “840” eartags.

While producers may elect to use radio frequency (RF) eartags, no state or tribe may require RF eartags for cattle moving into their jurisdiction. This ensures that all producers using the low-cost official eartags may move their cattle to any other state or tribal land using that method of official identification.

According to the USDA, the animal disease traceability final rule will benefit producers in several ways. Low levels of official identification in the cattle sector require more herds and cattle to be tested during animal disease investigations than necessary, drastically increasing an investigation’s duration. For example, bovine tuberculosis disease investigations frequently now exceed 150 days. This means USDA and state investigative teams spend substantially more time and money conducting tracebacks.

As a result of the rule, accurate traceability information will be more readily available, enabling USDA to shorten investigation timelines, more quickly control the spread of certain diseases, and reduce the number of quarantined or disposed of animals. All of these improvements will help make animal disease outbreaks less costly for producers and help interstate animal movements continue. Identification also helps farmers better manage their herds by allowing more precise record-keeping.

For more information, contact WVDA Animal Health Division’s Burke Holvey at 304-269-0598, bholvey@wvda.us or Dr. Courtney Elkins at 304-269-6411, eelkins@wvda.us

Contact Information

WVDA Animal Health Division’s Burke Holvey or Dr. Courtney Elkins
304-269-0598 or 304-269-6411
bholvey@wvda.us or eelkins@wvda.us