The National Pork Board wants to hire regional swine identification coordinators who will work with state pork producer associations and state ID coordinators to encourage producers in each state to register their premises.
According to Joy Philippi
, NPPC president, the NAIS is about maintaining the national herd health and ensuring quick control and recovery from disease outbreaks.
â€œGetting each producer’s premises registered and entering the premises number in each state’s database is the only way to create an effective and functional NAIS.â€
The NAIS is a partnership among industry and state and federal animal health officials. The purpose of the system is to help protect producers’ premises and livelihoods in the event of an animal disease. Producers who register their premises can be assured that they will be notified quickly when a disease outbreak might put their animals at risk.
About 40% of pig premises are already registered. The effort is being made possible through a cooperative agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Pork Board on premises registration. Under the agreement, USDA is making $400,000 available to assist the pork industry with its premises registration efforts.