LMA members approve two NAIS resolutions
Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) members have approved two policy resolutions on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). These resolutions were passed by LMA’s Board of Directors at their meeting on June 27, and under LMA bylaws, were submitted to the membership for their approval or disapproval.
The first resolution says LMA supports a voluntary NAIS, including a voluntary premises registration on the state and/or federal level, in which individual livestock market operators “are free to choose whether or not to participate in the program.”
The resolution also urges LMA members and staff to cooperate with state and federal animal health officials “and our livestock industry partners in addressing the concerns” of marketing businesses and customers as a voluntary NAIS is further developed and implemented.
Resolution number two notes that some Congressional leaders have supported moving toward a mandatory NAIS after the fall elections, and a new Congress is seated. The resolution sets out the many factors that need to be considered, and the questions that need answering, before implementing a mandatory program. And, the resolution says, “a mandatory NAIS should not lead to further consolidation within the industry.”