A federal judge in Wyoming has dismissed an amended lawsuit filed by R-CALF USA and four ranchers that alleged the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act in its effort to mandate radio frequency identification eartags on adult cattle entering into interstate commerce.

South Dakota ranchers Kenny and Roxy Fox and Wyoming ranchers Tracy and Donna Hunt were the other plaintiffs.

The court determined the documents provided by APHIS did not prove the agency unlawfully established and utilized two committees that helped it address technical and logistical issues necessary to implement a mandatory RFID system.

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