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"I am pleased to announce the formation of the United States Animal Identification Organization (USAIO),” says Charles Miller, the new organization’s chairman.  The USAIO is a nonprofit, independent organization working with every segment of animal industry and animal health authorities to manage the industry-led animal identification movement database as prescribed by the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) plan.

The first board meeting was held Jan. 10, and members of the board were elected at that time. The board of directors will be expanded as various industry groups formally adopt the USAIO as their database repository for animal movement data needed for the NAIS.

Meanwhile, initial directors are:

  • Charles Miller, Nicholasville, Ky., cow-calf producer
  • Rick Stott, Boise, Idaho, beef producer
  • Lance Kuck, Bassett, Neb., bison producer

"This organization looks forward to working closely with industry and animal health authorities to move the NAIS forward in a positive, proactive way,” says Miller. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been submitted by the USAIO to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to form a strategic partnership and fulfill Secretary Johanns' directive for the industry to develop the database repository. 

USAIO members said they forward to engaging all the interested parties to provide an effective, efficient, and inexpensive database for the NAIS.

  United StatesAnimal Identification Organization