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January 03, 2006   Email to Friend 

PREMISES REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE AT ALFA FARMERS FEDERATION
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
January 03, 2006

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Farmers Federation is now able to assist producers in registering their farms with the USDA Premises Allocation System which identifies premises associated with animal agriculture.

Federation Beef, Dairy and Hay & Forage Division Director Perry Mobley has been trained by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries State Veterinarian office to assist producers with the voluntary registration process.

"Premises registration is the first building block of the entire National Animal Identification System," Mobley said. "This program definitely is a good first step in allowing us to trace animals. While it could define where a disease occurred, by defining the location, it can help eliminate speculation about a potential outbreak. The important thing to remember is that premises registration is voluntary, it's easy, and it's free."

Initially, producers could register only through the Department of Agriculture. Now, however, the registration system has been expanded to include the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, public health agencies and other farm organization.

Producers who would like to register through the Alabama Farmers Federation should contact Mobley at 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4221 or they can download a copy of the registration form from the Alfa Farmers' website and return it to Mobley.

Farmers also may request that a form be mailed to them by contacting Mobley.

Mobley said premises registration also will be useful following natural disasters. The system will allow animal health officials to more quickly service affected producers.

The premises registration program defines the physical, geographical location where livestock are kept, housed, fed, assembled, cared for or exhibited. That includes farmers, veterinarian offices, stockyards and feed lots.

When fully operational, the NAIS will be capable of tracing a sick animal or group of animals back to the herd or premises that is the most likely source of infection. This would only be the case with reportable diseases such as foot and mouth disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

The system also will be able to trace potentially exposed animals that were moved out from that herd or premises.

Click here for the premises registration form


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