Animal identification has received increased attention lately in the United States. Recent animal disease outbreaks around the world have underscored the importance of animal identification and the need to track an animalsí location history and herd mate contacts. These incidents have led to a heightened awareness of the risks posed to our domestic livestock populations by the accidental or malicious introduction of a foreign disease or the emergence of a domestic disease of concern. Some animal diseases may also present a threat to the public health furthering the urgency to maintain animal health control. A significant animal disease outbreak could affect both our social and economic stability. The potential disruption that a large-scale disease occurrence could cause would go way beyond the suffering and loss to animal life. Leaders in the agriculture industry and government have recognized the need to have a universal animal identification system in place to help avoid the undesirable consequences our country could experience as a result of certain animal disease outbreaks. A reliable system of animal identification would greatly aid animal health officials by providing the information necessary to control and halt the spread of a disease and minimize the impact of such an event. Maintenance of public confidence in and continued marketability of food animal products are added benefits of an effective animal identification system for the industry. Through a collaborative effort, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) has been developed. The USDA, APHIS (United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) introduced a voluntary system in 2004. The system is being implemented under a phased-in approach at the state level by each stateís animal health authority. As the infrastructure for the system is being assembled these state officials have the prerogative to customize the system to serve their unique needs while maintaining compatibility with the national system standards. Information compiled in the animal identification system will be used for animal disease control, surveillance, and eradication efforts. The focus of the NAIS is the health of the US livestock population and the goal is to support traceback of an animalsí history within 48 hours of disease confirmation. The NAIS is comprised of three major components: Premises registration, animal identification, and animal tracking. Premises registration is the foundation of the NAIS and as such is the first component to be introduced with animal identification and tracking to follow. The South Dakota Animal Industry Board is moving forward with the NAIS in South Dakota. The premises registration process has begun and is an important first step that you can take to protect your investment in the livestock business. Anyone who owns or is responsible for livestock are encouraged to register. Whether large or small, farm or ranch, production site, feed yard, livestock market, or processing plant, if you are involved in the livestock industry and are responsible for the handling, care, and movement of animals you are asked to register your premises. Non-producer participants who are associated with animals or the animal industry are encouraged to register as you are an important link in the livestock production chain and may be a source of vital information in the event of a disease traceback. The minimal information that you submit during the premises registration process will be kept confidential and be used only by state and national animal health officials to support disease control and animal health surveillance efforts. You will have access to your personal information by establishing your own user name and password. Your participation will support the capability to provide a timely response and minimize the impact in the event of an animal disease outbreak. ...More
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HIGH FORAGE QUALITY IMPORTANT FOR CATTLE NUTRITION
High quality forage is essential to beef cattle's nutrition and beef producers' bottom lines, said University of Georgia Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock.
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HEREFORD JUNIORS ELECT NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
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STUDY LOOKS AT FORAGE BENEFITS FOR QUAIL AND CATTLE
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BLACK INK -- NO BIDDERS
Imagine you've got a load a calves headed for the sale barn. You know that feeling of anticipation and hope, and perhaps some worry.
MAKE GOOD STOCKING DECISIONS DURING DRY SPELLS AND DROUGHT
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IT'S THE PITTS -- CLOCKWORK
One of my favorite papers is the Livestock Weekly out of West Texas and in a recent issue there was an ad urging readers to support a bill to end daylight savings time in Texas.
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SOUTH POLL GRASS CATTLE ASSOCIATION HOLDS FIELD DAY & AUCTION
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PRODUCERS MUST DEAL WITH VARIABLES IN NUTRITION
In part 1 of this series we began a discussion of the numerous nutritional sub programs necessary for the production groups that must be managed to have a comprehensively successful nutrition program on a typical purebred cattle operation. One thing to be noted is the amount of variation in these programs as well as the others to be discussed in the following sections.
SOUTHEAST ANGUS CLASSIC FEMALE SALE AVERAGES $5,187
The Southeast Angus Classic Female Sale was held May 16, 2015 in Opelika, Ala.
TOWN CREEK FARM TO HOST FALL BRANGUS CONFERENCE
Town Creek Farm (TCF) and owner, Milton Sundbeck, West Point, Miss., will host cattlemen from across the region during the 2015 Fall Brangus Conference and Southeast Brangus Breeders Association Field Day, August 20-22.
AUBURN TO HOST ONE-DAY BEEF CATTLE CONFERENCE AUGUST 8
Auburn, Ala. -- Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences announces the 2015 Beef Cattle Conference for Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Auburn University Ham Wilson Livestock Arena and campus facilities.
NUGEN FOUNDATION SALE AND CELEBRATION HELD IN GEORGIA
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