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Equine Species Working Group Update: Equine Identification in the U.S. Amy Mann American Horse Council August, 2006 ID INFO EXPO. Why have a National Equine Identification Program?. Protect our horses Reduce potential effects and enhance control of disease outbreaks Protect human health

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equine species working group update equine identification in the u s

Equine Species Working Group Update: Equine Identification in the U.S.

Amy Mann

American Horse Council

August, 2006

ID INFO EXPO

why have a national equine identification program
Why have a National Equine Identification Program?
  • Protect our horses
  • Reduce potential effects and enhance control of disease outbreaks
  • Protect human health
  • Address the threat of bio-terrorism
  • Identify lost, stolen or displaced horses
  • Maintain a stable economic environment
  • Insure freedom of movement and export of horses
  • Be a responsible member of the livestock industry
equine species working group
Equine Species Working Group
  • Established: October 2003
  • Membership: 37 industry representatives & Animal Health officials
  • Purpose: To represent the equine industry in the development of NAIS; To evaluate NAIS, and the potential benefits and costs of the system
  • Goal: Develop recommendations to USDA on how the equine industry might be included in NAIS, should it become mandatory
eswg members
American Horse Council

Breed Registries

Various Discipline Organizations

Event Organizations

State and Federal Animal Health Officials

Education/Extension

Racing Commission

Subcommittees:

Steering Committee

Breed Registry and Database Management

Identification and Technology

Communication and Owner Education

Pilot Project and Tracking Movement

ESWG Members
primary eswg focuses
Premises Identification

Defined by states

Important for traceback and prevention (vaccinations)

Animal Identification

Microchips

Movement Records

CVI, Brand Inspection, VS-127, International CVI

Primary ESWG Focuses
equine identification
Equine Identification
  • Animal Identification Number: 15-digit code
  • ESWG recommendation for standardized identification:
    • RFID appears most practical at this time
    • By establishing a uniformly accepted method such as RFID, the following conditions are met:
      • Internationally compatible, Permits 15-digit identification number, allows for compatibility
eswg id method recommendation
ESWG ID Method Recommendation
  • ISO/ANSI compatible RFID chips (11784/85, 134.2 kHz)
  • Implantation site: nuchal ligament on left side, in middle third of the neck, halfway between the ears and withers.
  • RFID scanners: at a minimum read 134.2khz microchips and are able to identify the presence of a microchip in a horse.
eswg movement recommendation
ESWG Movement Recommendation
  • Rely on current regulatory mechanisms in place for horses that move.
    • Brand Inspection
    • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI)
    • VS-127 Permit
    • International Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
  • Additional reporting mechanism would be heavy burden on horse owners or premises managers/owners