USDA Plans to Use Breed Registries to Implement NAIS

USDA plans to use breed associations to force NAIS registrations, beginning as early as March 2008, less than two months from now.  USDA's Business Plan calls for breed registries to start using an official Animal Identification Number, or "AIN" in their registry. And since you must first register your property in NAIS before you can obtain an AIN, this could effectively implement the first two stages of NAIS for anyone in those registries!

The breed registries for cattle, horses, sheep, and goats are potential targets, but the Plan does not indicate which breed registries have agreed to implement NAIS.

Take Action: Contact your breed association or other livestock registry and find out if it will be implementing USDA's Plan.

Ask the registry:
• Do you plan to require members to use the USDA's 15-digit Animal Identification Number (AIN) to enter or maintain animals in your registry?
• Do you plan to require members to use the State's or USDA's premises registration system in order to obtain a breed registration number?
• Can you please confirm the registry's intentions in writing?

Tell them that you do not want them to be a tool for implementing the government's plan for NAIS!

Next Steps:
• If they plan to force their members into NAIS, consider finding another association to meet your needs if possible.  If you do leave your association, be sure to tell them why.
• Spread the word! If you find out that your breed association plans to force NAIS on its members, tell all the people you know who are in that association or considering joining.  Post to the online groups that focus on your type of animal.  Let people know how the association is working against the best interests of its members.