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This pending Bill is for Maine. Read it closely, you love your animals, you love you way of life, Note the per day fines, can you afford to pay a $50,000 fine? Can you afford to keep your livestock? One mistake, just one mistake and kiss it good bye. The Animal Health Protection ACT goes up to a $500,000. fine. And  NAIS is part of that.

Farming will be like foreign oil you will be very dependent on foreign food. Wake up people! It will take the MASSES, and when I say MASSES I mean thousands  and thousands of people to stand up.

The NAIS is no longer for those willing to sit back and see what will happen.

This bill just states Goat and Sheep if it passes it can easily be added to include all Livestock.

Here is the text of the ME Dept of Ag proposed Rule:

01-001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL RESOURCES

Chapter XXX: PROPOSED RULES FOR THE INTRASTATE MOVEMENT OF SHEEP AND GOATS

1. PURPOSE

The purpose of the Rules for the Intrastate Movement of Sheep and Goats is to ensure that Maine sheep and goats remain free of scrapie and to meet United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements for Consistent State Status as specified in 9 CFR part 79.6. Consistent States are required to impose intrastate movement regulations requiring identification upon change of ownership for sheep and goats. The Maine Department of Agriculture and the Maine Scrapie Board propose this rule to meet these requirements. Adoption of this rule will also ensure the continued ability for sheep and goat owners to move their animals across state lines for any purpose.

Adoption of this proposed rule requiring identification of sheep and goats on change of ownership for intrastate movement does not in any way obligate Maine or Maine producers to participate in the National Animal Identification System.

2. DEFINITIONS

The following terms have the following meanings:

Animal. A sheep or goat.

Department: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources.

Direct Movement to Slaughter. Transported to a facility for slaughter, without stops or unloading except for feeding and watering during which the animals are not commingled with any other animals.

Official Identification. Identification mark or device approved by the USDA or Department for use in the Scrapie Eradication Program. An approved identification ear tag must be sufficiently tamper-resistant for the intended use and provide unique identification for each animal. Examples of official identification may include: scrapie identification tags issued by the USDA or by the Department; breed registration tattoos accompanied by breed registration certificates or other tattoos approved by the Department; or USDA-approved electronic identification devices.

Owner. A person, partnership, company, corporation or any other legal entity that has legal or rightful title to animals, whether or not they are subject to a mortgage.

Scrapie. Scrapie is a nonfebrile, transmissible, insidious degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats.

Scrapie Eradication Program. The cooperative State-Federal program administered by the USDA APHIS and Consistent States to control and eradicate Scrapie.

Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP). The cooperative Federal-State-industry voluntary program for the control of Scrapie.

Slaughter Channels. Animals in slaughter channels include any animal that is sold, transferred, or moved either directly to a slaughter facility, to an individual for custom slaughter, or for feeding for the express purpose of improving the animals’ condition for movement to slaughter. Any sexually intact animal that is commingled with breeding animals or that has been bred is not in slaughter channels. When selling animals for slaughter, owners should note on the bill of sale that the animals are sold only for slaughter.

United States Department of Agriculture: The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.

3. IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

All sexually intact animals must be officially identified on change of ownership for movement within the State of Maine, except for those animals less than 18 months of age moving direct to slaughter or those animals less than 18 months of age moving in slaughter channels.

4. SLAUGHTER CHANNEL MOVEMENTS

No sheep or goat may be removed from slaughter channels unless it is identified to the flock of birth, and the animal is not exposed to scrapie or from an infected or source flock.

7. RECORDKEEPING

The owner must maintain records for a minimum of five years from the date of application. These records shall be made available upon request during normal business hours to any authorized employee of the USDA or the Department. The records shall include the following:

a. The official identification number applied;
b. The number of animals identified, by species;
c. The type of official identification; and
d. The date on which the official identification was applied.

In addition to maintaining records specified above, each individual who applies official identification shall provide the following, upon request.

a. The name, premises, mailing address, and if available, phone number of the individual for which the official identification was applied;
b. The name and address of the owner of the flock of birth, if the flock of birth is known, and
c. The name, premises, mailing address, and if available phone number of the individual or premises that purchased or otherwise received these animals.

Each individual or entity who receives, purchases, acquires, sells, or
disposes of any sheep or goats shall keep records of each transaction for a minimum of five years from the date of the transaction. Each record shall include the following:

a. The number of animals included in the transaction;
b. The date of the transaction;
c. The name, address, and if available, the phone number of the second party involved in the transaction;
d. The species and breed of the animals involved;
e. A copy of the brand inspection certificate or certificate of veterinary inspection for all animals that have official identification consisting of brands or ear notches; and
f. All business records, including sale tickets or invoices.

8. SCRAPIE FLOCK CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Owners of sheep and goats may enroll in the Scrapie Flock Certification Program. Owners may contact the USDA in Sutton, MA at 508-865-1421.

9. VIOLATIONS
Whoever violates any provisions of this rule, commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture not to exceed $500 per day for each violation may be adjudged, except that the total of the forfeitures may not exceed $50,000.

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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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