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Posted 10-06-07
 
Digital Angel Snaps Up Livestock Order
Tuesday, October 2 2007
Minnesota's Digital Angel Corp., which makes identification,
location-tracking and condition-monitoring technology, announced today that it has received an order for 630,000 compliant RFID tags valued at more than $600,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
 
The cattle ear tags are for the USDA's National Animal Identification System
(NAIS) initiative.
 
Digital Angel Corporation Receives Over $600,000 Order From the USDA for
National Animal Identification System Preliminary Implementation of NAIS Underway
SO. ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digital Angel Corporation (the “Company”) (AMEX:DOC), an advanced technology company in the field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking and condition monitoring of high-value assets, announced today that it has received an order for 630,000 compliant radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags valued at more than $600,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The cattle ear tags will be used for USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)/Veterinary Services State-Federal Cooperative Disease control and eradication efforts in targeted, increased-risk geographic locations.
 
Barry M. Edelstein, interim President and CEO of Digital Angel, said, “This
prestigious order from the USDA exemplifies our expertise in providing
high-quality products at competitive prices. We were the first animal tag manufacturer to be designated as an Animal Identification (AIN) tag manufacturer by the USDA, which signifies that our tagging system is capable of identifying
livestock with the unique, lifetime animal identification number that is being
established as a national standard through the NAIS. We are proud that we continue to be a provider of choice for the USDA.”
 
Since 1948 Digital Angel’s livestock tags have been utilized by ranchers
across the world not only to protect their property from theft or loss, but more
recently to control the spread of disease and improve herd management.
Following the December 2003 incident of Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy) in the state of Washington, the USDA initiated the development of a national animal identification program for cattle, with a target completion date of 2008-2009. The NAIS, a cooperative program between state and federal
governments and the livestock industry to help trace, manage and eradicate animal diseases like Mad Cow Disease, Foot and Mouth Disease, Pseudo-Rabies Disease and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome in pigs, is being run by APHIS.
APHIS launched the voluntary NAIS in 2004 with the premises registration system and is now continuing its advancement by implementing the animal
identification component.
 
Under the NAIS, electronic ID (EID) devices must be approved by USDA. Digital
Angel has approval on its EID and transponder devices for livestock. The
Company will be submitting its new sheep and goat EID device for approval shortly.
Currently the USDA is entering into cooperative agreements to promote premise
registrations among producers. To-date approximately 410,000 producer
premises are registered. Although it is not mandatory for producers to ID their
livestock, USDA is utilizing premise ID and electronic identification for their
numerous disease control programs (brucellosis, tuberculosis, psuedorabies,
chronic wasting disease, etc.). The first use, which is the subject of the award
for the 630,000 EID tags, will be to control and trace brucellosis among cattle.
 
 

Posted 09-26-07

USDA Approves Digital Angel's RFID Chip for Equine Use in National Animal Identification System Company's microchip first of its kind to be approved for NAIS


Potential market of more than five million horses used in competition


SOUTH ST. PAUL, MN (Tuesday September 4 2007, 8:30 am ) - Digital Angel Corporation (AMEX:DOC), an advanced technology company in the field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking and condition monitoring of high-value assets, announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the Company's LifeChip® equine radio frequency identification (RFID) injectable transponder for use as part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The USDA made the announcement at the Ag ID Info Expo held last week in Kansas City, Mo.

"We are very proud our LifeChip microchip is the first of its kind to receive NAIS approval," said Rae Powell, vice president of sales and marketing for Destron Fearing™, Digital Angel's animal applications business. "We believe this is another important step forward for our Company as the U.S. moves closer to establishing a national animal identification system.

"Not only does our LifeChip fulfill all U.S. animal safety standards, it also complies on a global platform with the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). Furthermore, our LifeChip with Bio-Thermo® temperature-sensing technology differentiates our product from the competition."

The exclusive Bio-Thermo feature allows equine owners, breeders, trainers and veterinarians to quickly and safely check a horse's temperature at the site of administration. Each LifeChip microchip - about the size of a grain of rice - contains a passive transponder programmed with a unique 15-digit number that can be read by any ISO-compliant reader.

Once administered, microchip numbers can be recorded in breed and discipline registries or kept in farm and ranch files for future reference. They are invaluable in providing proof of ownership in the event that a horse is lost or stolen. They also can be used to identify horses involved in breeding operations, competitive sports, and international and domestic travel.

Paramount in gaining NAIS approval is the exclusive use of a patented, biocompatible material called BioBond® that eliminates potential migration and secures the microchip to the administration site. LifeChip microchips offer an unalterable means of identifying horses and ponies of all ages, breeds and sizes.

Digital Angel corporation announces first shipments of RFID tags for cattle identification in Canada
November 8, 2004
From a press release
SO. ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Digital Angel Corporation (Amex: DOC), an advanced technology company in the field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value assets, today announced that it has begun shipping its proprietary RFID (radiofrequency identification) electronic tags to Canadian farmers. The Company currently has orders for more than 200,000 electronic tags from Compass Animal Health, a Canadian distributor, in response to initial demand from the recent announcement of the Canadian government's funding of a national set-aside program for calves.
Digital Angel is one of only four companies with Canadian Cattle Identification Approved (CCIA)-approved electronic RFID ear tags and readers currently participating in the Canadian Set-Aside Program that provides funding for farmers and ranchers throughout Canada to alleviate the near-term surplus of animals going to processing. The program was established to address the struggling Canadian beef industry after the 2003 BSE scare closed the border to live cattle movements.
Under the terms of the program, all calves must have an approved electronic ear tag such as the Digital Angel e.Tag(TM) to be eligible for funding from the Canadian government.
"We believe this is the start of what may develop into a substantial business for us in Canada," said Digital Angel Chief Executive Officer Kevin McGrath. "The Canadian government has recognized that electronic tagging and RFID will be necessary for traceability of cattle in Canada." Digital Angel, the pioneer in animal RFID products, offers a full line of its Destron Technologies cattle electronic identification products that were approved by the CCIA after four years of testing. A database of Canada's approximately 122,000 cattle producers, which has a total cattle inventory of 14.7 million head of cattle that produces approximately 3.6 million pounds of beef and beef products annually, is already in place.
/Web site: http://www.digitalangelcorp.com

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Premises Registration will be an "Official" USDA unique seven Character identifier.
 
In the New User Guide it states on Page 22:
The premises identification number (PIN) is assigned permanently to a geophysical location. If an owner or entity sells his/her farm, the next operators of the premises use the original premises identification number that had been
assigned to that location. If the seller buys a new location to build a new operation that never had livestock, he/she would register that location and obtain a new premises identification number (PIN).

Premises Identification = Encumbrance

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