May 21, 2004
May 21, 2004 -- The turnout at this week?s Animal ID INFO/EXPO 2004 in Chicago far exceeded all expectations when nearly 500 agricultural professionals arrived to learn more about animal identification (ID), premise ID, group/lot ID, funding and confidentiality.
The sheep-specific working group presented its ID plan along with those of other species. Major points emphasized by Sheep Group Chair Dr. Cindy Wolf included:
- Utilizing the existing national scrapie ID plan as a starting point, then evolving the plan into a National Animal Identification System (NAIS);
- The need to move from a visual ID system to an electronic system. (However, more multi-site research is required to develop an RFID system for small ruminants.)
- Developing a group/lot ID system for groups of sheep that stay together throughout their lifetime. (These sheep would carry a group number instead of individual ID numbers.)
- Recognizing that the best system will be workable and affordable and accepted by both buyers and sellers.
Watch for additional coverage of the expo in the May 28 edition of ASI WEEKLY.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, (304) 647-9981