Is National ID Really Dead?
Indiana Board of Animal Health
Premise identification and animal identification have been hot topics in the agriculture community for years now. With recent announcements from USDA regarding the fate of the NAIS and premise ID, as well as articles questioning the current status of the program, I feel it is important to remind Hoosier producers of Indiana’s current position on premise and animal ID.
The premise ID program in Indiana is not “dead.” Although USDA does not require producers to enroll in the program, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health decided that with the risks of foreign animal diseases, and bio-terrorism, the premise ID mandate was needed in our state. According to Indiana state law, as of Sept. 1, 2006, any location involved with the purchase, sale or exhibition of livestock must possess a premise ID number. Some exhibitions, including the Hoosier Beef Congress, are requiring all exhibitors provide their number to register.
The premise registry will allow trace-forward and trace-back of animals in the event of a significant disease outbreak. Tracing animals for disease control purposes has been part of animal health programs for more than 100 years. Premise registration brings that system up to date with the modern, highly mobile marketplace of today. Registering these sites is not about controlling or monitoring what people are raising or consuming; the program is about protecting Hoosiers’ investment in animal agriculture.
Registration is very simple; in fact, most registration information could be found in a phone book—contact name(s), addresses and phone number, along with species information. No income, production, or population information is collected. This program simply builds a phonebook for us. We don’t require participants to report animal movements, and we don’t collect any herd data for taxation. We simply need a way to contact producers in an emergency. The premise ID program does not currently have an individual animal ID requirement; however, Indiana state law requires that all exhibition livestock must have individual identification.
Indiana’s premise registration program is voluntary for horse and poultry owners. Hoosiers owning cattle, bison, swine, sheep, goats, farmed deer or elk must register their premises if they have not already done so.
Producers have several options to register their premises at no charge. Printed registration forms may be picked up at local USDA Farm Service Agency offices, some Purdue Extension Service offices, some veterinary clinics, and at many state and regional commodity association events/meetings. Forms may also be downloaded and printed from the BOAH website. Another avenue is to register online via the web at: http://www.boah.in.gov.
After forms are returned, BOAH will issue a premise identification card for each premise. For more information on Premise ID, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit Indiana’s official program website at: http://www.boah.in.gov