Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is progressing. COOL is a USDA marketing program mandated by the Farm Bill which requires retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of beef (including veal), goat meat, lamb, pork, poultry, fish and other perishable agricultural commodities. Based on this new law that goes into effect on Sept. 30, livestock raisers can now fill out a simple affidavit to declare the origin of the livestock they sell. According to all of my sources this form will satisfy the information needs as they are now. The form may be used from truck load to single animals sales at the local auction market. Supposedly the form may be kept on file with a buyer so that declaring COOL status on future animals from the same herd will not be necessary. This affidavit was developed by more than 30 livestock industry organizations. Copies of this form can be picked up at the Extension Office or downloaded from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association website at www.texascattleraisers.org.