Dolly, a crossbred 2005 LaMancha/Nubian doeling, is already part of the Scrapies identification program (note ear tag). She also sports tattoos in her tail web as part of ADGA registration requirements. Should the National Animal Identification System draft plans become official, she might also be micro-chipped and/or ear tagged with larger more visible tags. Is all this really necessary? Small goat producers across the United States are up in arms about under-representation in governmental NAIS “working groups” and trickle-down costs they might have to absorb should all this tagging and chipping being sponsored by the USDA become national law.
From the editor:
Sitting on the Fence
By Jennifer Stultz
National Animal Identification System Should Warrant Concern from Dairy Goat Owners