Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

March 2004

Document Type



Published in Cornhusker Economics, 03/31/2004. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Animal identification on a group or individual head basis is increasingly being discussed by animal agriculture producers, allied industry associations and governmental officials. While efforts to initiate a national animal identification system date back several years, recent concerns over animal diseases (e.g., foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza and bovine spongiform encephalopathy) and animal terrorism have greatly accelerated plans in the past year. Serving as the general guideline for the national identification plan is the U.S. Animal Identification Plan (USAIP) developed by an industry, state and federal partnership.