June 15, 2007
June 15, 2007 - A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) official told attendees at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, last week that livestock producers are voluntarily registering with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) - about 400,000, or 25 percent of American farms, to date.
Bruce Knight, undersecretary for USDA's marketing and regulatory programs, said the voluntary American system has more participants than mandatory programs in Australia and Canada, Farm Progress reported.
"The NAIS is one of the tougher programs to administer, but we are making progress with the voluntary approach," Knight said. "It doesn't cost anything, it's confidential, it's simple to do and, most importantly, it's the right thing to do." Reprinted from meatingplace.com