||Texas Animal Health Commission Says Proposed
Premises Registration Regulations "On Hold" Till 2007; Voluntary Registration
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 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
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