USAIO promotes animal identification system
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced
a partnership with the US Animal Identification Organization (USAIO) to register
more than 100,000 new premises.
This partnership is a result of livestock producers learning more about the
animal health and economic benefits of the National Animal Identification System
"NAIS provides a system that will shorten response times in the event of an
animal disease outbreak, to further strengthen our reputation as the safest
animal health system in the world," said Bruce Knight, undersecretary for USDA's
marketing and regulatory programmes. "This agreement recognises the relationship
among USAIO partners in the livestock industry to build upon the growing support
for the NAIS programme," he said.
The USAIO is a non-profit organisation of livestock producer groups,
working with the animal agriculture industry to provide leadership for the
advancement of NAIS.
Under the agreement, USAIO will focus a comprehensive outreach programme
about the important advantages of participation in NAIS to accomplish a
significant increase in premises registrations nationwide.
USDA has also announced the availability of $6 million for cooperative
agreements, subject to availability, to support non-profit agricultural
organisations to promote NAIS and to increase participation in premises
NAIS consists of three components: premises registration, animal
identification and tracing. The premises registration component of NAIS ensures
the availability of a nationwide communications network to assist livestock
owners and animal health officials in the event of an animal disease event. More
than 404,600 premises nationwide have been registered to date.
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