Kansas State to Lead Cost-Benefit Analysis of NAIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced July 16 the selection of Kansas State University to lead a multi-institutional benefit-cost analysis of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

The analysis will be conducted with the assistance of Colorado State University and Michigan State University. Montana State University will provide a comprehensive assessment of the economic benefits and costs of NAIS, including its three components, premises registration, animal identification, and animal tracing.

"There are tremendous benefits associated with NAIS by registering premises, identifying animals, and trace-back ability," said Bruce Knight, undersecretary for USDA's marketing and regulatory programs mission area. "The benefit-cost analysis will provide comprehensive, objective economic information for producers."

Kansas State and colleagues will study the benefits and costs of all components of NAIS across species. Also, the analysis will seek to determine the overall distribution of benefits and costs of NAIS among producers of various sized herds, marketing firms, processors, consumers, and state and federal government agencies.

The NAIS is a voluntary program intended to identify premises and livestock, and to record certain livestock movements for the purpose of disease management and control. For more information, visit the USDA-APHIS-NAIS Web site at http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/index.shtml.  

For more information on how NAIS relates to horses, see www.equinespeciesworkinggroup.com.

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