States and tribes invested in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new national animal-identification system (NAIS) are increasingly offering online premises registration as a first step toward getting involved. Identifying each location that allows for animal commingling is the foundation of NAIS and must be established before animals can be tracked.

As of late March, a little more than 49,000 premises were registered. Producers are encouraged to register for a premises-ID number. You can go to NAIS Web site and follow the link on the left side of the page to get information on signing up in your state: http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/about/premises_id_factsheet.shtml.