April 4, 2008
April 4, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is concluding its comment period for the Draft Business Plan for Advancing Animal Disease Traceability. Comments will be accepted through April 15, 2008. Following a review of public comments received, APHIS will consider any changes needed and finalize the plan.
APHIS released the draft business plan for comment on Dec. 19, 2007. The plan supports the National Animal Identification System's (NAIS) long-term goal of 48-hour traceback, as well as providing benchmarks to guide the program as it moves toward optimum traceability.
The draft plan is available on the NAIS Web site at www.usda.gov/nais
. Comments on the plan or other aspects of the system can be provided by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or by writing to the NAIS program staff. The address is: NAIS, USDA, APHIS, VS, 4700 River Road, Unit 200, Riverdale, MD 20737.
Bruce Knight, under secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Services, speaking before an audience attending the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's ID INFO Workshop in Indianapolis, Ind., this week delivered positive news to the sheep industry when he said, "Group/Lot identification will be available to the sheep industry as one of the mechanisms to track animals.''
"It is great news that the under secretary has acknowledged this important and crucial tool for sheep identification traceability," stated Cindy Wolf, DVM and vice chair for the American Sheep Industry Association's Animal Health Committee.