Earlier this week, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the selection of KansasStateUniversity to lead a multi-institutional cost-benefit analysis of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

The analysis will be conducted with the assistance of co-contributors at ColoradoStateUniversity and MichiganStateUniversityMontanaStateUniversity 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,” says 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. 

KansasStateUniversity and colleagues will study the benefits and costs of all components of NAIS across species. 

Through the analysis researchers 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.

For more information, go to: http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/index.shtml