Jefferson County Farm & Livestock
Biosecurity, the practice of protecting farm animals from disease, has become a major
concern with the worldwide threat of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and other diseases.
Effective biosecurity requires several components including isolation, traffic
control, and sanitation that aim to reduce exposure to bacteria, viruses and other
organisms that may infect animals with disease. West Virginia has
biosecurity regulations and guidelines to follow to help insure the spread
of disease stays as minimal as possible.
The National Scrapie Eradication Program provides free metal ear tags for sheep and goat producers. Prior to October 1, 2017, the program also provided plastic tags and applicators. Producers also have an option to purchase their own official ear tags/devices from USDA approved tag companies.
USDA Premise ID
The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) program is intended to identify
animals and track them as they come into contact with, or commingle with, animals
other than herd mates from their premises of origin. The system is being developed
for all animals that will benefit from rapid tracebacks in the event of a disease
concern. Currently, working groups comprised of industry and government representatives
are developing plans for cattle, swine, sheep, goats, horses, poultry, bison, deer,
elk, llamas, and alpacas.
To achieve this goal in cooperation with the USDA, we ask all West Virginia
farms/producers of livestock to fill out a premise/farm identification form.