In the Federal Register published on Monday, APHIS stated it will recognize additional numbering systems for the identification of animals as well as the use of a national numbering system to identify premises where animals are managed or held.
Currently, many producers use separate identification numbers or methods for official animal health programs, interstate commerce purposes and industry programs. This interim rule sets in place the policies to move toward a standardized numbering system that would allow one number to be used for multiple species and numerous purposes.
APHIS is amending the regulations to recognize for official use the 15-character animal identification number, 13-character group/lot identification number and 7-character premises identification number. The new official animal numbering system will allow producers to transition into the use of a "one number-one animal" system if they wish to do so.
Also, the regulation to prohibit the removal of official identification devices is being amended through the publication of this register.
Comments on this issue are being accepted until Jan. 7, 2005. ASI will be preparing and submitting comments regarding this topic of industry-wide significance.
For a complete copy of the Federal Register and additional information on submitting comments, go to: ID Interum Rule on the World Wide Web.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 303-771-3500.