July 23, 2004
July 23, 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced this week that it has selected a premises registration system, as an interim solution, to record locations where animals reside or will reside. The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium developed the system that will be used in this first step of implementing the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
?Registering animal premises is a key component of a NAIS and will help trace animal movements during any future outbreaks,? stated APHIS Administrator W. Ron DeHaven.
USDA currently is enhancing the Wisconsin system to enable it to be used in multiple states and will provide it to a limited number of states in early August. It will be phased-in to ensure that any problems can be addressed before it is available nationally. States and tribes can also use other premises registration systems as long as the system meets the national data standards.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 303-771-3500