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Penn State Equine Survey to Gather Information on Micro-chipping
– The Penn State Equine Identification Project, taking place in 2007-2008, is designed to collect information about the impact of micro-chipping horses as a form of identification and tracking for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

One part of the project is the completion of an online survey to gather opinions about the advantages and disadvantages of the system. Participants must be 18 or older, so parents or guardians of youth in the 4-H horse program, pony clubs or youth breed associations, any horse owners and those with a stake in horse ownership are all encouraged to complete the survey. The online survey can be accessed at http://www.das.psu.edu/4h/horse/identification/ and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and all information is confidential.

The NAIS is a database of livestock animals - including horses - throughout the United States. Its purpose is to help producers and animal health officials respond quickly and effectively to animal health events, and assist with stolen or lost animals. Participation is voluntary; those who chose to participate would be quickly notified if a disease outbreak or other animal health event may put their animals at risk.

A second prong of the Project involves 4-H’ers, their families and leaders in several Pennsylvania counties who are invited to microchip their horses for tracking/tracing purposes. The tracking/tracing data the 4-H member reports will help assess the ease or difficulty for this part of the National Animal Identification System. Participants must agree to report the movement of their horse each time it travels to an event over 50 miles away, or if the event has more than 10 horses not usually housed together.

Those who participate have an identification chip implanted in their horse’s neck by a trained veterinarian at no cost to the 4-H’er. According to Dr Ann Swinker, PSU researcher, “The micro chip is about the size of a grain of rice.” They must also have a premise number assigned by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

A third part of the Project includes a demonstration of microchipping during Ag Progress Days, on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 12-1:30 p.m., and on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 1-1:30 p.m.

Funds for the project have been made available through the USDA, APHIS NAIS’s equine working species group. For questions regarding this study, contact Dr. Ann Swinker in writing at: 324 Henning Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802; or by telephone at: (814) 863-7810. For more details about participation in the micro-chipping project and the counties involved, contact Helene McKernan, project coordinator, Clinton County Extension Office, (570) 726-0022.

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The Public has spoken against NAIS, 62%  out of 1386 responses from  the 'People" have a College degree or higher education to make an informed decission without being misunderstood or misinformed about the National Animal Identification System. The USDA didn't expect the "sixth grade mentallity" of livestock owners to have a brain but thought we would just get in line like sheep. Now their big program is to use 4H and FFA kids. Remember history and it does repeat itself.

How many horses do you own or manage?
59    4%
2 or less
437   30%
3 - 5
451       31%
6 - 10
235 16%
11 - 20
151 10%
more than 20
108   7%
Total 1441   100%
At what type of facility are your horses located (pull down and select answers that match)?
Home Farm /Ranch
1036    75%
Training Barn
39    3%
Race Track
7            1%
Boarding Stable
190 14%
Breeding facility
57 4%
54 4%
Total 1383 100%
Indicate the type of horses you have.  
Light Horse Breeds
1092    79%
Draft Horse Breeds
158 11%
176 13%
Miniature Horses
112 8%
184 13%
132 10%
Other, please specify
124 9%
Indicate the equine activity in which you participate.
378  27%
Competing /Showing
732  53%
233 17%
31        2%
Trail Riding
895 65%
Tourism /Guest Farm
34 2%
Other, please specify
280 20%
Your opinion: National Animal Identification System (NAIS) or identification of horses
Do you have a plan of action to deal with your horse during a disaster or emergency situation
893     65%
491     35%
Total 1384    100%
Do you have a plan of action if your horse is stolen?
820        60%
553 40%
Total 1373 100%
Have you heard of (NAIS) National Animal Identification System or identification of horses?
1208       84%
186 13%
47 3%
Do you own any micro-chipped animals?
901      64%
357 25%
69 5%
182 13%
Not Sure
5 0%
Other, please specify
36 3%
Would owning or buying a micro-chipped horse be beneficial to you?
389         28%
657 47%
361 26%
Total 1407 100%
Rate your concerns on the following issues related to the voluntary NAIS horse identification program. (1 Not concerned -- 5 Very Concerned
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Where have you found information related to the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) or identification of horses? (Check all that apply)
Breed Associations
369      27%
Magazines/ Journals
696 50%
TV/ Radio
147 11%
American Horse Council
289 21%
National Animal Identification Website
418 30%
Other internet website
772 56%
Expos, Clinics, Meetings
365 26%
230 17%
Have not seen information on NAIS
160 12%
Other, please specify
270 20%
Does your facility have a NAIS premise identification number registered with your State's Agricultural Department (location where your horse is stabled)
144         11%
1154 89%
Total 1298 100%
Are you in favor or opposed to participating in NAIS equine identification program?
In Favor
302        21%
775 54%
189 13%
Unsure at this time
175 12%
Total 1441 100%
How often do your horses come into contact with other horses not kept at the same facility?
100        7%
351 25%
525 38%
405 29%
Total 1381 100%
In a year's time how often does your horse leave your premise?
36         3%
390 28%
292 21%
Less than monthly
438 32%
154 11%
Do you leave the state
159 12%
Other, please specify
169 12%
On average, how often do you change your horse's primary residence?
Less then every six months
56           4%
6 months to 1 year
97 7%
More than 1 year
265 19%
953 70%
Total 1371 100%
How do you identify your horses (equine)?
Color and markings
1052       76%
75 5%
Hair whorls
267 19%
199 14%
313 23%
Brand (freeze or hot)
307 22%
160 12%
No identification Method
134 10%
Other, please specify
203 15%
The following is information about yourself. Your Gender
285       21%
1105 79%
Total 1390 100%
Your age?
Under 18 years of age
16          1%
18-30 years
136 10%
31-49 years
633 45%
50-60 years
454 32%
61 or older
162 12%
Total 1401 100%
Your level of eduction is?
High School
229        17%
Associate degree /technical school
306 22%
College degree
548 40%
Advanced degree
303 22%
Total 1386 100%
Your household income level is (pull down and select one)?
Under $20,000
52           4%
Between $20,000 to $40,000
208 17%
Between $41,000 to $60,000
233 19%
Between $61,000 to $80,000
281 23%
Between $81,000 to 99,999
158 13%
Over $100,000
313 25%
Total 1245 100%
Do you operatae a horse related business?
No, personal use
930        67%
Breeding farm
186 13%
Boarding stable
55 4%
Training stable
40 3%
5 0%
Riding stable
5 0%
Lessons barn
32 2%
Other, please specify
129 9%
Total 1382 100%

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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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