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USDA Endorses Voluntary Radio Technology Animal ID System

New technology standard would be a part of voluntary National Animal Identification System.

In a veterinary services stakeholder announcement obtained by Feedstuffs, USDA endorsed the use of ISO 11784 and 11785, which would establish a Radio Frequency Identification technology standard for producers or service providers who elect to use radio frequency technology in the National Animal Identification System. USDA still maintains the program should be a voluntary system driven by the states and the private sector.

The agency has adopted a technology-neutral position regarding animal identification methods and processes, but recognizes "the importance of having a basic level of standardization to ensure, among other things, compatibility across vendors in the national program, that technologies are adaptable or compatible with devices produced by different manufacturers, and that other countries recognize the identification technologies and/or devices used with NAIS.

Source: Feedstuffs

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