USDA to recognize animal ID numbers

December 2004
Southeast Farm Press;12/1/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 27, p26
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The article reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced that it will recognize additional numbering systems for the identification of animals. The systems will apply to interstate commerce and cooperative disease control and eradication programs for animals. Currently, many producers use separate identification numbers or methods for official animal health programs, interstate commerce purposes and industry programs such as breed registries. APHIS is amending the regulations to recognize for official use the 15-character animal identification number, 13-character group/lot identification number and 7-character premises identification number.


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