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

October 02, 2008

Animal Health Information System Meetings Scheduled

Two Educational Meetings Set for October and November

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced two informational meetings for producers 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.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Franklin County 911 Building, 55 Bare Hill Road, Malone

* Registration required by calling Franklin County Cooperative Extension at 518-483-7403

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Oneida County Cooperative Extension, 121 Second Street, Oriskany

* No registration required

The NYAHIS and the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) programs will be discussed with an update on New York’s participation in both programs. 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.

The objective of the NYAHIS is to maintain the positive aspects of the national system, tempered by practical constraints and limitations of existing technology and industry practices.  New York State recognizes that existing animal identification methods meet the goals and objectives of a national animal identification system, and will continue using such methods until better identification systems are available and practical.

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, over 20,000 livestock premises are enrolled in NYAHIS.

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