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From: TSS ()
Subject: NAIS NOV 2006
Date: December 5, 2006 at 7:56 am PST

National Animal


System (NAIS)


The purpose of this comprehensive document is to provide the public with basic information about the

National Animal Identification System (NAIS)—a voluntary national program that will help producers

protect the health of their animals and their investment in the case of an animal disease event.

Part I of the document provides a brief overview to familiarize producers with NAIS, the need for this

voluntary program, its advantages and benefits, and other helpful information concerning its cooperative

development and implementation. In Parts II through IV of the document, each of NAIS’ components are

discussed in greater detail and operational-level information—meaning “how to” information—and

resources are provided.

Again, NAIS is a voluntary program at the Federal level1. This document provides guidance to

producers2 and owners of animals included in the NAIS, as well as other sectors involved in the animal

agricultural industry, on how to participate in the NAIS if they so choose, and how participation would

benefit them.

At the end of this comprehensive document, we have also included additional documents for reference

and a glossary of terms that producers may encounter in reading this and other documents concerning


The November 2006 User Guide is the most current plan for NAIS and replaces all previously

published program documents, including the 2005 Draft Strategic Plan and Draft Program

Standards and the 2006 Implementation Strategies. These documents provided the opportunity for the

public to comment and offer feedback on the NAIS as USDA worked through many issues with industry

and the States and Tribes. The User Guide represents the most up-to-date information resource on NAIS

today. NAIS will continue to evolve as details are addressed through ongoing dialogue with all




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