Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

September 10, 2007

Animal Health Information System Meetings Scheduled

Three Educational Meetings Set for October in Eastern NY for Livestock Producers

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced three informational meetings for producers in eastern New York regarding the State’s Animal Health Information System (NYAHIS). These meetings will emphasize the critical role that NYAHIS plays in the health of New York’s animal populations and the successful future of livestock production.

The meetings will be held between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and will offer a light lunch as part of the program.

§ Thursday, October 18, 2007 - Best Western, Cobleskill

§ Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - Holiday Inn, Oneonta

§ Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Best Western, Little Falls

The NYAHIS and the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) programs will be discussed with an update on New York’s participation in both programs.  Speakers will include Sarah Blood-Szentmiklosy, NYAHIS Coordinator, as well as representatives from USDA. An overview of both programs will be provided, along with explanations of changes to the NAIS program, how a producer can become involved, reasons for an animal identification program and any questions or concerns producers may have.

RSVP is required for these meeting by October 8, 2007.  RSVPs may be emailed to or called into 518-457-3502.  The individual’s first name, phone number and location attending will be required as well as the number attending in the party. 

New York State has adapted the framework of the NAIS and modified it for application in New York.  The objective of the NYAHIS is to maintain the positive aspects of surveillance embraced by the national system, tempered by practical constraints and limitations of existing technology and industry practices.  Furthermore, New York State has recognized that existing animal identification methods meet the goals and objectives of a national animal identification system, and consequently will utilize such methods until equivalent substitutes can be developed. 

NYAHIS is currently collecting premises locations (911 addresses) and a description of animals on premises in New York through a number of producer events across the State.  USDA estimates that New York has 25,500 livestock premises. Currently, 16,901 livestock premises, 66 percent, are enrolled in NYAHIS.

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