USAIO promotes animal identification system
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a partnership with the
US Animal Identification Organization (USAIO) to register more than 100,000 new
This partnership is a result of livestock producers learning more about the
animal health and economic benefits of the National
Animal Identification System (NAIS).
"NAIS provides a system that will shorten response times in the
event of an animal disease outbreak, to further strengthen our reputation as the
safest animal health system in the world," said Bruce Knight, undersecretary for
USDA's marketing and regulatory programmes.
recognises the relationship among USAIO partners in the livestock industry to
build upon the growing support for the NAIS programme," he said.
USAIO is a non-profit organisation of livestock producer groups, working with
the animal agriculture industry to provide leadership for the advancement of
Under the agreement, USAIO will
focus a comprehensive outreach programme about the important advantages of
participation in NAIS to accomplish a significant increase in premises
USDA has also announced the availability of
$6 million for cooperative agreements, subject to availability, to support
non-profit agricultural organisations to promote NAIS and to increase
participation in premises registration.
consists of three components: premises registration, animal identification and
The premises registration component of NAIS ensures the
availability of a nationwide communications network to assist livestock owners
and animal health officials in the event of an animal disease event. More than
404,600 premises nationwide have been registered to date.
â€¢ US Department of
Animal Identification Organization (USAIO)
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