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TX Premises Registration Hits 10,000 - on Hold Till 2007
News Release

Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 7:19 PM
Subject:

News
Texas Animal Health Commission
Box l2966  Austin, Texas 78711 (800) 550-8242 FAX (512) 719-0719
Bob Hillman, DVM Executive Director
  For info, contact Carla Everett, information officer, at 1-800-550-8242, ext. 710,
 or ceverett@tahc.state.tx.us
 
For immediate release­
Texas Animal Health Commission Says
Proposed Premises Registration Regulations "On Hold" Till 2007;
Voluntary Registration Continues
 
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) will not address proposed regulations for premises registration at the upcoming May 4 TAHC commission meeting in Austin. Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas' state veterinarian and TAHC executive director, said the proposed premises registration regulations have been placed on "hold," and will not be considered by commissioners until the winter or spring of 2007. 

Dr. Hillman said the TAHC will continue to promote voluntary, free registration of sites (premises) where livestock and fowl are held, handled or managed. As of April 4, more than 10,000 premises (*see note below, Ed.) have been registered in Texas; more than 213,000 have been registered nationally. Premises registration is the foundation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), which, when fully implemented, would enable animal health officials to trace the movement of diseased or exposed livestock or poultry within 48 hours.
 
Information and agendas for Commission meetings will be posted on the TAHC web site, filed in the Texas Register and announced through news releases. All TAHC commission meetings are open to the public. The TAHC's Austin headquarters may be reached at 1-800-550-8242, and the agency's web site can be accessed at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us .  
 
Information sheets about premises registration, NAIS booklets, or presentations about premises registration may be requested by contacting the nearest TAHC area office, or by calling the TAHCs headquarters and asking for Kenny Edgar, identification coordinator, or Carla Everett, public information officer.

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Ms. Everett also noted that Texas has a conservative estimate of about 200,000 premises. The main reason we are delaying action on the regulations is that the USDA has slowed their progress of the implementation, calling it voluntary for now. So, to coincide, we're keeping ours voluntary--and free--for now, too.


 

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