Interactive map advances Animal Disease Traceability program

APHIS launches interactive map to help livestock producers obtain premises identification numbers or location identifiers.

May 2, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) launched an interactive website that contains links for livestock producers to obtain premises identification numbers (PINs) and location identifiers (LIDs) within their respective states.

APHIS said federal PINs or state-specific LIDs are unique codes permanently assigned to a physical location. PIN and LID registrations, which are administered by states, allow animal health officials to quickly identify and locate animals in the event of an animal health or food safety emergency. A PIN or LID is required to purchase official animal identification tags, APHIS noted.

This interactive map is part of APHIS’s efforts to advance the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program. ADT is a key component of domestic livestock disease programs and is critical to sustaining domestic and international trade, APHIS said.

On Sept. 25, 2018, USDA undersecretary Greg Ibach announced USDA’s four overarching goals for advancing ADT to protect the long-term health and economic viability of the U.S. livestock industry. These goals include efforts to:

  • Advance the electronic sharing of data among federal and state animal health officials, veterinarians and industry, including sharing basic animal disease traceability data with the federal animal health events repository.

  • Deploy electronic identification tags for animals, requiring individual identification to make the transmission of data more efficient;

  • Enhance the ability to track animals from birth to slaughter through a system that allows tracking data point connections, and

  • Elevate the discussion with states and industry to work toward an electronic transmitting system for animal health certificates from private veterinarians to state animal health officials.

APHIS said the interactive map complements the infrastructure investments livestock industry sectors and states have already made in developing their traceability programs. USDA is committed to continued collaboration to ensure that traceability efforts are coordinated throughout the country.

The interactive map may be accessed at: ADT Map (PINs and LIDs).

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