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March 29, 2006

It has been awhile since I last reported on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). This update will attempt to catch the reader up on what has been taking place.

On 3/22/06, an article was disseminated on Region8pygmygoats@yahoogroups.com by Stacy Atkinson, which was provided to her by Bill Sanda, Executive Director of the Weston A. Price Foundation. This article was written for the Winter 2005/Spring 2006 issue of Wise Traditions Journal. The article describes the development of NAIS, USDA’s role in its development, the USDA’s intent to identify premises, animals and their movements, NAIS’ implementation schedule, USDA’s claim of confidentiality of any acquired information, and finally, a variety of arguments on why NAIS should be opposed. Since I am a member of the Region8pygmygoats group, I have a copy of the whole article, some 9 pages in length. For further information including a copy of the article, contact Stacy Atkinson (formerly Hamilton) at stacy@lonepalmetto.com.

It is recommended that a number of other websites be visited for the latest on NAIS:
http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/about/index.shtml - This is a short, 2-page article describing USDA’s position on NAIS. It is the latest one on their website.
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/content/2006/03/aintag_vs.shtml - This is the latest USDA news release on Animal Identification Numbers. The last paragraph of the first paragraph is worthy of note. “...The initial implementation of AINs focuses on cattle. The use of AINs with other types of identification devices (e.g. implants) used in other species will be considered as the NAIS species working groups finalize their recommendations for utilizing the AIN.”
http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/audiences/goats/index.shtml - This page describes the establishment of “working groups,” and provides a link to the listing of Goats Work Group members. It should be noted that NPGA is represented on this group.
http://www.usanimalid.com/wgoverview.htm  - This a 2-page document on the NAIS Goat Working Group website which provides an overview on what the group has been discussing. There are several entries in red on the first page which provide additional information:
Committee Structure
See info on registry required ID
See images of ID Methods

Ray Hoyt
NAIS Coordinator



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