The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has developed an interactive Premises Registration Map, a tool which enables producers to directly access their state's Animal Identification and Premises Registration Web site.

"U.S. pork producers can utilize this map to access their state's official system to register their livestock premises," said Dr. Harry Snelson, NPPC's director of science and technology.

Dr. Snelson said this map was designed to aide producers as they begin the voluntary process of registering their premises as part of the National Animal Identification System being developed by USDA. "Premises registration is still voluntary, but NPPC encourages all producers to take action now as this is the first step toward implementing the tracking system necessary for insuring the health and safety of U.S. livestock," he said.

Premises registration is available in 45 states and five tribes. To date, nearly 57,000 premises have been registered through state premises registration systems, a responsibility of each state's animal health authority (e.g. state veterinarian). National premises registration is an essential step in establishing an effective National Animal Identification System which NPPC urges USDA to have fully operational and mandatory for all relevant animal species by 2008.

Source: Association Release