According to a Dec. 22 memorandum to veterinary officials from U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA will begin using a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) standardized premises ID number (PIN) when carrying out future federal animal disease programs.
In justifying the use of the standardized PIN, the memo discussed APHIS past practice of assigning various premises identifiers to multiple databases with their own data standards, in support of such federal animal disease programs as brucellosis and tuberculosis. Thus, oftentimes the Agency was issuing multiple ID numbers for both animals and premises. The use of the standardized PIN is intended to help establish a more efficient, reliable centralized database to track animal diseases of economic concern. Producers selling at markets will not be required to obtain a NAIS PIN. However, APHIS clearly intends to begin issuing standardized PIN numbers "to all locations involved in the administration of (federal) Veterinary Service (VS) animal disease activities conducted by VS personnel." including livestock markets.
Reprinted from Livestock Marketing Association