September 2, 2014

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Animal ID program

The office of state veterinarian is in the process of mailing wallet-size premises ID cards to the 15,000 people who have already registered their premises. These cards are for your convenience by enabling you to have your premises ID number handy.

Implementing an animal disease traceability system is identifying and registering premises that are associated with the animal agricultural industry.

A "premises" is the geographically unique location in which agricultural animals are raised, held or boarded. This includes farms, ranches, feed yards, auction barns and fair sites.

If you have more than one farm or location, you can apply for multiple premises ID's.

The number of animal disease outbreaks that have been reported around the globe over the past decade have greatly intensified public interest in developing an animal disease traceability system for the purpose of protecting animal health. The European Union, Canada and Australia already have animal identification systems in place.

A strong U.S. identification system is increasing in demand as a necessary component of our nation's agricultural infrastructure. Kentucky has registered approximately 15,000 of 61,000 premises in Kentucky.

For registration assistance please contact the program staff.

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