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Wayne Maloney (301) 734-7255
Jerry Redding (202) 720-4623


WASHINGTON, July 16, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced the selection of Kansas State University to lead a multi-institutional benefit-cost analysis of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

The analysis will be conducted with the assistance of co-contributors Colorado State University and Michigan State University. Montana State University will provide a comprehensive assessment of the economic benefits and costs of NAIS, including its three components, premises registration, animal identification and animal tracing.

“There are tremendous benefits associated with NAIS by registering premises, identifying animals and trace-back ability,” said Bruce Knight, undersecretary for USDA's marketing and regulatory programs mission area. “The benefit-cost analysis will provide comprehensive, objective economic information for producers.”

Several segments of the livestock industry will be a part of this analysis including small producers; commercial producers; marketing institutions; processing facilities and rendering operations. Kansas State and colleagues will study the benefits and costs of all components of NAIS across species. Also, the analysis will seek to determine the overall distribution of benefits and costs of NAIS among producers of various sized herds, marketing firms, processors, consumers and state and federal government agencies.

NAIS is a voluntary federal-state-industry partnership designed to help producers respond to and minimize the impact of an animal disease outbreak. NAIS is a modern, streamlined information system consisting of three components: premises registration, animal identification and animal tracing. For more information, visit the USDA-APHIS-NAIS Web site at


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