Missouri Dairy Business Update  
Volume 4, Number 12
December 2004

Voluntary premise registration begins in 2005
for Missouri Animal ID Program

by: Dr. Robert Larson

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the development of a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) to enable quick response and animal trace-back in the case of a disease outbreak.

Starting January 3, 2005, the Missouri Animal ID Program will begin voluntary registration of premises in the state. Through voluntary premises registration, a unique identification number will be assigned to locations where animals are born, managed, marketed or exhibited.

Information gathered through registration will be used solely by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and USDA for animal health purposes. This critical data will provide local and national animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of a disease concern.

Premises identification numbers can be obtained by completing the registration process online after January 3, 2004, at www.mda.mo.gov. Registration can also be completed by filling out a paper form and mailing it or faxing it to the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

For more on the National Animal ID Effort in Missouri, go to:

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