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December 2010...
Advisory Committee on Animal Health Appointments Announced

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health.  The following individuals will serve two-year terms on the committee:
  • Mr. Mazimiliano Fernandez, a cattle and sheep rancher from Washington state
  • Dr. John Fischer, a professor of wildlife disease from the University of Georgia at Athens
  • Dr. Andrew Goodwin, a professor of aquaculture at the University of Arkansas
  • Ms. Vicki Hebb, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who raises cows, calves and bucking horses
  • Dr. Howard Hill, a veterinarian and pork production virologist from Iowa State University
  • Dr. Donald Hoenig, state veterinarian from Maine
  • Mr. Morris Johnson, a livestock farmer from Arkansas
  • Mr. John Kalmey, a dairy, corn and alfalfa farmer from Kentucky
  • Dr. Charles Massengill, former epidemiologist and animal health laboratory director for the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Animal Health
  • Dr. David Meeker, senior vice president of Scientific Services, National Renderers Association from Virginia
  • Ms. Judith McGeary, a sustainable farmer and attorney on agricultural law from Texas
  • Dr. Boyd Parr, state veterinarian from South Carolina
  • Ms. S. Gennell Pridgen, a small farm livestock producer from North Carolina
  • Dr. Willie Reed, dean for the school of veterinary medicine at Purdue University in Indiana
  • Dr. Charles Rogers, a livestock dealer and marketer from New Mexico
  • Dr. Philip Stayer, a poultry veterinarian from Mississippi
  • Mr. Gilles Stockton, a ranch operator and farmer from Montana
  • Mr. Brian Thomas, a cattle producer from the Duck Valley Reservation
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wagstrom, a swine veterinarian from Minnesota
  • Dr. Cindy Wolf, a sheep and cattle farmer and ruminant specialist from Minnesota
The committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on actions related to prevention, surveillance and the control of animal diseases of national importance.  In doing so, the committee will consider the implications of public health, conservation of natural resources and the stability of livestock economies.

The committee will meet for the first time in January 2011.  A Federal Register notice will be published containing all of the meeting details.
November 2010...
New Video Shows Uses, Benefits of RFID Ear Tags

A new video recently produced by National FAIR gives U.S. dairy producers an inside look at how one dairyman is using RFID technology to increase efficiency and accuracy of identification and record keeping on his operation. Don Bennink, 2010 World Dairy Expo Dairyman of the Year, owns and operates North Florida Holsteins in Bell, Fla., milking over 4,000 Registered Holstein cows. RFID technology is utilized throughout his dairy, with calves being identified at birth with an RFID ear tag that stays with them throughout their lifetime. Aside from the identification aspect, RFID technology is especially useful in North Florida's fully-integrated milking parlor, recording milk weights on individual animals, in also in automated sort gates, saving time in a variety of herd management situations.

Watch this six-minute video to learn more about the technology and hear Bennink's thoughts on why RFID technology is working well for him, and also why identification programs are so important in the dairy industry.

October 2010...
Industry white paper released

United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) held a Joint Strategy Forum on Animal Disease Traceability late August 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Following the meeting, they released a white paper "Reactions, Solutions and Consensus from the Joint Strategy Forum on Animal Disease Traceability."

Click here to read white paper

August 2010...
Additional USDA public meetings announced

USDA is hosting additional public meetings to discuss animal disease traceability.

Wednesday, August 18
     Crowne Plaza Madison
     4402 East Washington Avenue
     Madison, WI 53704

Friday, August 20
     Doubletree Hotel Atlanta Airport
     3400 Norman Berry Drive
     Atlanta, GA 30344

Tuesday, August 24
     Red Lion Hotel
     2525 N 20th Avenue
     Pasco, WA 99301

Meetings will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time, with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m.

June 2010...
Additional USDA public meetings announced

USDA is hosting additional public meetings to discuss animal disease traceability.

Upcoming meeting agenda

Thursday, June 24
     Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
     150 West 500 South
     Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Thursday, July 1

     Holiday Inn DFW Airport South
     14320 Center Station Drive
     Ft. Worth, TX 76155

Meetings will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time, with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m.

May 2010...
USDA public meetings announced

USDA has announced a series of public meetings to discuss animal disease traceability more fully and to share the information from the March State and Tribal meeting with industry representatives. Additionally, USDA hopes to obtain feedback on the approaches that were discussed regarding the regulatory framework.

View Meeting Agenda

The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
     Holiday Inn Kansas City - SE Waterpark
     9103 East 39th Street
     Kansas City, MO 64133

Thursday, May 13, 2010
     USDA Center at Riverside
     4700 River Road
     Riverdale, MD 20737

Monday, May 17, 2010
     Crowne Plaza - Denver International Airport
     15500 East 40th Avenue
     Denver, CO 80239

The meetings will run from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Doors will open at 7 a.m. Please note that there is a $4 charge for parking at the Riverdale facility. Alternatively, this site is within walking distance of the College Park Metro station.

Additional meetings will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

March 2010...
By the Numbers

Current National FAIR enrollment stands at
  • 31,000 farms in 49 states
  • 8.2 million animals
Following its November 2009 launch, the on-line National FAIR Tag System has
  • 130 orders processed
  • 20,000 ear tags purchased

February 2010...
USDA announces a new, flexible framework for animal disease traceability.

pdf "Questions and Answers: New Animal Disease Traceability Framework"

January 2010...
Welcome to the new National FAIR web sit
Besides a new design and some reorganization, we are offering these exciting features for our users.
  • Read up to date information about animal ID, and "Ask the ID Expert"
  • Order tags at the new on-line Tag Store
  • Login to the Farm & Animal Database
  • Print an Animal ID document
  • Upload Animal ID & movement data into the database

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