The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has developed an interactive Premises Registration Map for producers to 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,” explains Harry Snelson, DVM, NPPC’s director of science and technology.

It’s all part of producers voluntarily registering their premises for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Snelson says: “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.”

Premises registration is available in 45 states, according to USDA’s NAIS Web site, http://animalid.aphis.gov/nais/index.shtml. Nearly 57,000 premises have been registered through state premises registration systems.

“NPPC supports the establishment of a national premises registration system for all relevant animal species by 2007,” says Malcolm De Kryger, a DeMotte, IN, pork producer and chairman of NPPC’s Animal Health and Food Security Policy Committee. NPPC supports mandatory livestock identification by 2008.

Producers can link to the Interactive Premises Registration map at www.nppc.org/hot_topics/premidstatesites2.htmlwww.nppc.org/hot_topics/premidstatesites2.html.