National Animal Identification System (NAIS)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Barnyard Dawg, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    National Animal Identification System (NAIS) has anyone been impacted yet by this regulation or has anyone have any updated information?
    USDA crushing Americans' freedoms

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created a program called the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) which will soon require anyone who owns even one of any of the following animals - horses, cows, goats, sheep, poultry, swine, lamas, alpacas, bison, elk and deer - to identify their animals with a 15-character tag, microchip, or RFID, ostensibly for the purpose of tracking disease.

    NAIS is not a bill but a regulation.

    Even though Maine has put its similar system on hold, it is only waiting for the USDA to implement the program to force small farmers to comply with the directives.

    The impact of the NAIS on the local small farmers would be devastating. Every horse, cow, chicken, goat, sheep, alpaca, duck or any other farm animal in the country would be chipped, tracked with a satellite through Global Positioning System registration of your home, and accounted for, at your expense.

    If your goat dies, you must report it to the government within 48 hours or face a $500 fine. If you have a few lambs to sell, they must all be chipped, reported, and tracked. Every single 4-H and FFA members would have to file a report every time they took an animal to a show.

    If you ride your horse off your own property, it must be reported. NAIS will effectively cost you the freedom to take your horses to ride with your friends on a simple trail ride. It would curtail traveling across the state to enter competitive events with animals. This issue affects friends, neighbors, family and every livestock owner in the entire state - the entire nation, if this invasive regulation is not stopped dead in its tracks.

    I am concerned that the national animal ID system is too invasive into people's lives. If the real purpose of NAIS is to track the food supply for instances like mad cow disease then:

    (1) NAIS is not necessary for horses, donkeys, guardian animals or other nonfood animals - these animals are not going to enter the human good chain in our country and should not be tracked by the government.

    (2) NAIS is not necessary for sales direct to the consumer from the farm. In these cases there is already far better tracking of the food chain. If a small farmer breeds and raises his own pigs and sheep and sells directly to the consumer, then the consumer, his customer, knows exactly where their food came from.

    3 NAIS should not be at all involved with people who are raising livestock for their own family consumption. They know exactly where the food came from - they raised it. There is no need to have any government involved in our kitchens and back yard food-raising.

    It appears that the huge agri-business producers wish to force the backyard livestock grower completely out of the picture so they can profit from having a monopoly on the food supply.

    NAIS is being implemented too broadly. To include the above three groups suggests the government has ulterior motives and is trying to invade people's privacy. If this system is ever implemented at all, there should be permanent exemptions for the above three groups.

    Why is the USDA pushing a system that is going to kill off small producers? Why would they push a system that will make it so homesteaders won't even be able to legally and affordably raise their own meat? Who will benefit from these regulations?

    The only entities which seem somewhat spared by this new plan are the largest multinational confinement livestock operations who will be required only to register the holding facility and not individual animals. And those electronically sensitive microchips? They are being built and sold by several of the co-authors of this NAIS plan.

    Why would Monsanto and Cargill and the other corporate farming interest be so insistent on ramming their animal ID program through, one state at a time, until this hits the federal level? Follow the money trail.

    I urge readers to take action against the horrible invasion of privacy which will devastate our rural states and our small farmers and homesteaders.

    Visit to find out more information and how you can take further action to prevent this massive invasion of privacy.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2007
  2. lively Bee's

    lively Bee's Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    I have freinds that all own cow farms and some of them have done said they will give it up when they start it. we have 78 acs with honey bees and chickens. so we will only have to track chickens.

    One farm I know sells cattle every month and get 10 - 15k a month in sales he was tell us it will cost him well over a 250,000 to get set up on this new sys.

    We talked with the local ext. agent he was tell us that they are looking at if a local vet could get set up to install the chips and track them.

    So time will tell.
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    I'm from Vermont, and we are well known to be non-compliant and cranky with government intervention into our lives! I don't think I've talked to a single person who isn't inherently suspicious of this whole scheme.
    While the initial intent of the system may have had a kernel of sense in it, like all other things that the federal government gets involved in, it has become a monstrosity that they wouldn't be able to administer even if they could decide on a system to follow.

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