February 15, 2004
Comment Period Extended for Input on U.S. Animal ID Plan
Feb. 2004 -- The National Animal Identification Development Team extended the comment period on the on-going development of the U.S. Animal Identification Plan (USAIP) through Jan. 31, 2004.
The USAIP defines the standards and framework for implementing a phased-in national animal identification system that will greatly enhance the trace-back capability for animal health officials.
USAIP Species Working Groups are currently being formed to provide needed details to the plan, including infrastructure needs, preferred identification devices and suggestions as to how current identification systems may be integrated.
Comments, suggestions and questions regarding the plan may be submitted via Web site www.USAIP.info. A copy of the plan can also be downloaded from the site.
In related news, the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) executive board recently recommended the formation of a Sheep ID Working Group.
The group immediately began the process of developing a well-defined implementation phase-in plan for sheep. Individuals representing various stakeholder groups, such as breed association representatives, packers, feeders, range and farm flock producers, regulatory veterinarians and markets, have been invited to participate in the process.
The first face-to-face meeting of the Sheep ID Working Group is slated for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, prior to the ASI Convention in Sacramento, Calif. The group will meet at the Hyatt Regency at Capitol Park from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This meeting is open to producers who are interested in learning more about the plan?s development.
Canada and EU Adopt Sheep Tagging Programs
Both Canada and the European Union (EU) are adopting new regulations for the identification and registration of sheep as part of an ongoing effort to prevent the spread of animal disease.
Canada?s program went into effect Jan. 1, 2004. As a result, all sheep and lambs must bear an approved ear tag before leaving any premise. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has granted $111,200 to help the Canadian Sheep Federation raise awareness of the importance of this national animal identification plan.
The EU system is designed to gradually introduce to all member states an identification system for marking each animal. Sheep will receive two ear tags with codes to allow the individual identification and registration of all sheep over the years.
By mid-2005, a computerized database will be established to record information on movements of groups of animals as well as farm data. From Jan. 1, 2008, forward, electronic identification will be compulsory for all animals in member states with a sheep and goat population of more than 600,000 animals.
A push to have the European Commission publish a cost-benefit analysis for the use of electronic identification continues.
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