Livestock farmers advised to register all premises
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is encouraging Iowa livestock farmers to make sure all locations where they house livestock have a premises identification number and update information.
“The issue is if there is an animal health emergency the database allows us to contact livestock farmers with susceptible animals in a timely basis,” Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Communication Director Dustin VandeHoef said. “If we know there is a disease somewhere it is important that we can contact livestock farmers who have animals that might be impacted as soon as possible.”
District 2 Director of Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Steve Biendenfeld underscored the importance of registering and updating premises information.
“That is what the whole idea of this is that everyone is one the same page and we have a plan,” Biendenfeld said. “This is the first step to preventing a disease outbreak. With the bird flu epidemic a couple of years ago nobody knew what they were doing. This is just an attempt to get things together and prepare in case of the worst.”
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be contacting livestock producers who have previously registered a premises in an effort to update the Iowa Premises Registration database of Premises Identification Numbers. Farmers are asked to respond to the letter and either confirm the information is correct or respond with updated information.
Producers in Clay County can expect to receive letters about the program in November. Farmers can complete or renew their premises registration by completing the form found on the department’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalINdustry/pdf/premiseIDapp2.pdf and submitting the signed form to the department.