The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has developed an interactive Premises Registration Map so that producers can 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 the process of voluntary registration of premises for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) being formulated by 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. Over 70,000 premises have been registered through the system coordinated by each state veterinarian.

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