National Animal Identification System Will Have Significant Positive Impact in Domestic and International Marketplace, USDA Study FindsFriday, May 1, 2009
(American Meat Institute)
Economic benefits in both the domestic and international marketplace resulting from enhanced traceability may be even greater than the cost savings realized during animal disease control and eradication efforts, a new study analyzing the economic impact of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) has found.
The study was completed by Kansas State University, with assistance from Colorado State University, Michigan State University and Montana State University. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) commissioned the study to provide comprehensive, objective economic information for producers.
Highlights of the study include the following.
- Because of NAIS, the federal and state
governments’ savings in connection with the
administration of animal disease control and
eradication programs are significant, but they
provide only part of the overall benefits.
- Economic benefits in both the domestic and
international marketplace resulting from
enhanced traceability may be greater than the
cost savings realized during animal disease
control and eradication efforts.
- For industry, the effect of not
implementing some aspects of NAIS (i.e.,
maintaining status quo) may result in
significant losses—as great as $13.2 billion
annually due to reduced export market access.
- Implementation of NAIS becomes more cost
effective as participation levels increase and
may not be economically viable at lower
- Traceability is becoming a global standard that will likely affect the ability of the United States to compete globally.
Additional highlights, including the
benefits and costs by species sector, can be
found in the Key Findings document posted on
the NAIS website. An executive summary
and the entire report (400 plus pages) are also
available for download at www.usda.gov/nais/naislibrary/plans.shtml.
For more information on NAIS, go to www.usda.gov/nais.
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