Working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the trade associations for poultry and egg have developed and are distributing a brochure, "First Steps: Register Your Premises," which encourages growers to register. The brochure is being distributed to the membership of the three associations.
While registration is voluntary in most states, NTF, NCC and UEP encourage poultry growers and egg producers to register their premises to assist state governments and first responders in reacting to a disease problem.
Association leaders said:
- "NTF members recognize the importance of registering turkey production premises and encourage all growers to register their production sites with their respective state premises registration systems," said NTF President Joel Brandenberger. "The turkey industry's structure allows for advanced disease control and eradication and registering farms through the premises identification systems will only complement the systems that the industry already relies upon."
- "We urge all broiler growers to register their premises with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)," said NCC President George Watts. "Getting registered means chicken producers will be informed promptly if there is a serious animal disease outbreak in the vicinity. This will help protect the flock and the grower’s livelihood."
- UEP President and CEO Gene Gregory said: "Egg producers have worked hard to prevent an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the nation’s layer flock. At the same time, they have spent vast resources in preparing for such an outbreak anywhere in the United States. The ability to assess vulnerability to egg layer sites or other poultry farms and contain quickly any outbreak depends on readily available and accurate premises information."
Poultry growers and egg layers can obtain a copy of the brochure by contacting NTF, NCC, or UEP.