Number of Premises Registered for Animal Identification System Increasing

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has recorded 429,600 premises registered nationwide--with substantial increases this year in the number of premises registered as part of the National Animal Identification System. This month, Nebraska became the 10th state to register at least 50% of its total estimated production agriculture premises under this system.

Nebraska officials attribute the increased registrations in part to a significant number of visits to its National Animal Identification System (NAIS) "Locate in 48" Web site. Other factors contributing to the increase in registrations in Nebraska include the ability to register by phone and direct mail outreach.

Other states that have topped the 50% mark include Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wisconsin. West Virginia is approaching the 50% mark, having registered 49.8% of its estimated 17,670 premises.

Other states, including Delaware, Iowa, and Massachusetts, have reached the 40% mark and double-digit registration gains have occurred this year in a number of states. Iowa started the year with just over 11,000 premises registered and now that number is over 20,000--an increase of almost 80%. Texas registered more than 6,400 new premises this year, resulting in a 27.7% increase.

The NAIS is an information system that's designed to speed up the response to animal disease events. It consists of three components: premises registration, animal identification, and tracing. 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.

There are an estimated 1.4 million production premises in the United States. To contact a state partner or find out more about NAIS go to To learn more about how NAIS relates to the horse industry, see the Equine Species Working Group Web site.  

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