Premises registration is the identification of a location where livestock are raised, housed, or pass through during commerce. The Premises Identification Number (PIN) is a standardized unique identifier assigned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after the site is registered through the state.
Animal identification is the process by which pigs are identified either as part of a group, or lot, or individually. Individual identification would be required when pigs are commingled with other sources (feeder swine markets, sale barns, cull markets, etc.). For most grow-finish pigs within a production system, a group/lot or premises identification, and for sows/boars an official premises tag when entering the harvest chain, will be adequate animal identification. In most cases, situations requiring the use of official identification tags will not result in the purchase of additional tags over and above what is normally purchased by producers. The USDA and the pork industry have been working with tag manufacturers, distributors and resellers to ensure that producers have the ability to buy compliant production tags that can be applied by the producer as an official form of individual animal identification. Examples include the development of compliant 4-H and FFA tags and compliant sow/boar production tags.
is accomplished through the accurate and timely record-keeping of animal movements by producers. Reporting of animal movements to animal health officials may be required for interstate transport or for animal disease control programs.