USAIPUnited States Animal Identification Plan
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The Holstein Association, which proposed 1999's National Farm Animal identification and Records system (FAIR), upon which USAIP purportedly is based, currently is stormy data for two pilot projects and has pledged to manage the data for a national system.
Even as the USAIP model moves forward, Veneman admits it's unclear whether there should be a single system organized and funded by the government or if USDA simply should set standards that ranchers and the meat industry can apply in a variety of ways.
In a recent status report, a USAIP steering committee indicated support for the following species and/or industries: bison, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, camelids (alpacas and llamas), horses, cervids (deer and elk), poultry (eight species, including game birds), and aquaculture (eight species).