On Thursday, U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Milk Producers Federation inked a partnership deal to get all dairy farm, dairy calf and heifer grower premises into the National Animal Identification System. According to Bruce Knight, under secretary for USDA's marketing and regulatory program, "It builds on agreements previously announced with the National Pork Board, National FFA and the U.S. Animal Identification Organization."
NMPF is spearheading the effort of IDairy, a consortium of dairy cattle associations already in place. Since IDairy was established 2005, more than 30,000 dairy producers have registered their premises. But as many as 35,000 commercial dairy farms and dairy calf and heifer grower operations are yet to be registered. IDairy's goal is to have 100% registered in order to enable animal health officials to quickly respond to an animal health emergency.
Under the agreement, NMPF and the IDairy consortium will conduct a campaign including direct mail, advertising, Internet activities, dairy and trade show presentations and individual contacts with producers including on-site visits.
NAIS consists of three components: premises registration, animal identification and tracing. Premises registration ensures the availability of a nationwide communications network to assist livestock owners and animal health officials in the event of an animal disease event.