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NPB still supporting US swine id system

The elimination of the US National Animal Identification System (NAIS) does not change the objective pursued by the National Pork Board, which is for pork producers to have timely disease surveillance and protection for the US swine herd.

Last week, the USDA announced to eliminate NAIS.

"Premises identification is the cornerstone of animal health and disease surveillance," said Dr Paul Sundberg, vice president of science and technology at the National Pork Board.

"This new direction does not change that fact and the pork industry remains committed to these critical efforts. The pork industry is committed to working collaboratively with USDA and state animal health officials to provide a sound system. Pork producers have demonstrated their confidence in premises identification through their participation and it is important that we maintain this voluntary cooperation."

Farm identification
According to USDA data, the US swine industry already has more than 90% of its farms identified through premises identification.

The Checkoff's swine health committee, and the committee's Animal ID Working Group, had supported the NAIS and incorporated elements of the programme as a requirement in the industry's Pork Quality Assurance Plus programme. The announcement by USDA does not change the Checkoff's reliance on a voluntary premises identification programme as an integral part of our swine health initiatives. 

The committee will work closely with USDA and state animal health officials in maintaining our progress toward improved swine disease surveillance.

Related websites:
National Pork Board
US Department of Agriculture

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