National Animal ID System
The National Animal Identification System (NAIS)
is a national program intended to identify specific animals
in the United States and record their movement over their lifetime.
It is being developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) and State agencies - in cooperation with industry - to
enable 48-hour traceback of the movements of any diseased or
exposed animal. This will help to ensure rapid disease containment
and maximum protection of America's animals.
The NAIS is composed of three parts, Premise Registration,
Animal Identification, and Animal Tracking.
Premises registration, the foundation
of NAIS, is fundamental to containing animal diseases. Your
voluntary participation means that you will be notified quickly
when a disease outbreak or other animal health event might put
your animals at risk. Choosing to register your premises is
an easy way to protect your investment and your community.
Animal Identification: Depending
on your situation, you may choose to participate in animal identification,
the second component of the voluntary NAIS. Animal identification,
whether individual or group/lot, provides producers and owners
like you with a uniform numbering system for their animals to
help manage them more closely.
The individual animal identification number (AIN)
is unique and stays with the animal for its lifetime. This number
links the animal to its birthplace or premises of origin; when
combined with animal tracing, the AIN also links the animal
to each premises/location that has been reported for it.
Animal Tracking:The final NAIS
component, animal tracing, is under development by the States
and private sector. Once this component is complete, animal
tracing will offer an additional option to improve animal management
and better protect animal health.
You will be able to choose an animal tracking
database (owned and operated by private industry groups or States)
and report certain animal movements that might pose a significant
risk of disease transmission. When there is a disease outbreak
or other animal health event, the animal tracking databases
provide timely, accurate records that show where your animals
have been and what other animals have come into contact with
Food For Thought: (links
to interesting discussions or web sites about Animal ID).
in 48: Premise Registration program for Nebraska
and other agricultural states.
Living, Say Yes to NAIS A Veterinarians view of
the National Animal ID program.
Helping the animal agriculture industry to obtain information,
education and solutions for challenges facing animal agriculture.
Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)