US producers seek support for ID system
Moving forward with efforts to implement a national swine identification
system, the National Pork Producers Council will ask the marketplace, including
meat packers, and swine breed registries to demand ID numbers from pork
Delegates at NPPC's annual business meeting in
Anaheim, California approved a resolution calling on packers to require premises
ID numbers as a condition of sale and on breed registries to require premises ID
numbers as part of the registration process. Delegates also passed a resolution
stating that producers continue to support a mandatory national ID
NPPC and the National Pork Board
in 2005 formed a task force, made up of industry stakeholders, to implement a
national swine ID system based on the one the pork industry has had since 1988.
That system was used to successfully eradicate pseudorabies.
previously approved delegate resolutions, the task force has called for
mandatory premises registration, which includes owner and location data, by Dec.
31, 2007, and mandatory animal IDs for all relevant species by Dec. 31,
Animal health tool
According to an analysis
conducted by the National Pork Board, more than 50% of pork producers nationwide
already have registered their premises. "Making premises registration part of
the marketing and breed registry processes," said NPPC President Jill Appell, a
pork producer from Altona, Ill., "will help ensure that we meet our goal of
having this important animal-health tool functional by the end of 2008."
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