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Carolyn Hansen
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Metro - McLean County
University of Illinois Extension
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270
cshansen@illinois.edu

Leah Street
Extension Program Coordinator - 4-H Youth Development, McLean County
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
lpstreet@illinois.edu

McLean County 4-H Fair

McLean County 4-H Fair

Premises Id Information

To apply for a premises id please go to the following:

http://www.agr.state.il.us/premiseid/

Q & A on Premises ID Exhibition is Voluntary

Premises registration is critical to protecting Illinois' livestock industry as it helps animal health officials minimize trace back times in the event of an animal disease outbreak. In order to ensure that all competitors are aware of the need to register their premises, we are asking your assistance in advising your constituents/exhibitors of this requirement and how they can register. This is voluntary at this time.

1. What species need a premises ID?
Cattle, swine, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, llamas/alpacas, horses, mules, deer/elk, turkeys, pheasants, quail, guineas, ratites (ostriches, emus), goats.

2. How will the program be implemented?
All exhibitors will be required to record their premises ID on the fair entry form.

3. What if I don't have a premises ID at the time of making entries?
You can apply for one online or by mail. If you have applied, that can be noted on the entry form.

4. Who will have access to the premises ID information?
Only state and federal animal health officials will have access.

5. How does this relate to homeland security?
This is a 9-1-1 system to help animal health officials minimize trace back times in the event of an animal disease outbreak. The system will allow for quick responses to an outbreak to notify owners of any problems and to find livestock quickly so disease spread is minimized.

6. What if livestock that will be shown is kept at another location that doesn't have a premises ID?
We are asking all exhibitors to have a premises ID. The animal's location (911 address if available) is what is needed to be on the ID. Exhibitors will be responsible for obtaining the premises ID from the owner of the location.

7. What if I don't have a premises ID prior to coming to the fair? What if I don't know my number?
You can apply for one online or by filling out a form right then. That will be accepted. You can call 866-299-9256 and check. If you know your login and password, you can access it online at www.agr.state.il.us/premiseid. Those from other states can go to: http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/premises_id/register.shtml or contact their respective state's agriculture department.

8. I obtained my premises ID earlier in the year when I received a mailing about it. At the time, I listed horses as the only livestock on the premises. We have one pet rabbit in the barn, too. Do I need to add him to my premises ID online in order to show him at the fair for "My pet rabbit"?
Yes, you may make any changes or additions to your premises by going online to (www.agr.state.il.us/premiseid). Use the login and password that was issued to you in the letter you received in the mail, which included your premises ID card.

9. We own 5 horses, but we often lease a horse for showing at the county and state fairs. How do I go about getting the people who lease horses to me to get premises ids? Is there a set of instructions? Is there a way I can look them up on the web site to see if they already have an id?
New Premises ID numbers can be obtained by going on line at (www.agr.state.il.us/premiseid) or by filling out a paper form. Those forms, with brochures containing information about the program, have been widely distributed and can also be downloaded from the above website. You may also call IDOA at 1-866-299-9256 for assistance and/or brochures and registration forms. IDOA keeps confidential the premise information, so you will have to ask the owner of the premises for his number as you are not allowed to look it up on the website.

10. If I lease a horse from someone else for the year and board him at my barn, do I use my id or the id of the horse owner?
In that case, you would use your ID number.

11. If I lease a horse to someone else and keep him in my barn, do they use my id?
Yes, they would use your ID.

12. I own horses that I often board at a trainer's barn at various times of the year. Do I use my id or the trainer's id?
Preferably, use the location where it was housed just prior to the exhibition. However, either one would be acceptable because that would give us enough contact information to trace any disease of concern that may have been associated with an exhibition.

13. We show Hackney ponies in the MidWest Hackney Futurity at the State Fair. How does this new requirement apply to the ponies? How do we apply for a premises ID?
Since the Midwest Hackney Futurity is part of the Illinois State Fair's Society Horse Show, those showing in this event will be required to submit a premises identification number. New Premises ID numbers can be obtained by going on line at (www.agr.state.il.us/premiseid) or by filling out a paper form. Those forms, with brochures containing information about the program, have been widely distributed and can also be downloaded from the above website. You may also call IDOA at 1-866-299-9256 for assistance and/or brochures and registration forms.

14. Why did the IDOA decide to make this registration mandatory for these animals and 4-H exhibitors?
Premises registration is critical to protecting Illinois' livestock industry as it helps animal health officials minimize trace back times in the event of an animal disease outbreak. Exhibition is an extremely high risk movement as it involves the commingling of animals from several locations and then follows with the dissemination of these animals back home or on to another site.

15. How can we register in our county because we don't have 911 addresses? Can I register as a rural route address? It's all the address that we have.
If your county does not have 911 addresses, then the program will accept a rural route with a box number. If the premises is located at a location that does not have an address, complete the process to the point in which it says going to the "exception" process. At that point, the Department of Agriculture will complete the registration and send out notification.

16. Is this only the first step? What are they going to mandate next, the chips in the ears to track the animals?
Premises registration is the only part of NAIS that IDOA is strongly promoting at this time as we believe it to be a valuable animal health tool that does not add an additional cost to livestock production.

17. Who is going to pay the extra costs associated with funding this; when fair funding keeps being cut?
As the data bases are already in place, adding the premises identification number will take a minimal amount of extra work while providing additional protection to the livestock industry.

18. Where will the premises identification information be stored? Premises ID information is stored in a secure database at the state and federal level.

19. Who will have to pay to maintain the databank?
USDA/APHIS funds the maintenance of this database.

20. IF the IDOA is requiring a premises ID for fairs, are they alsogoing torequirethe premise ID for non-fair shows that exhibit the animals that have been listed in stories?
The requirement is only for state sponsored livestock exhibitions.

21. If an exhibitor's family farm has an ID does the young exhibitor need their own?
No. A Premises ID is for the location animals are produced and/or raised.

The Premises ID number may or may not be registered in the exhibitor's name as it relates only to location of the animal and not ownership.

22. For exhibitors, why can't the Dept. of Ag. somehow make a combined ID for Jr. Exhibitors that includes PQA, Ethics and Premise?
They all serve different purposes. The livestock "Quality Assurance and Ethics" program's major emphasis is geared for producing a healthy and wholesome product, providing proper care for our animals and presenting a positive image to the public regarding animal production and care.

Premises registration is an established USDA database that provides for quick owner notification and assists animal health official's efforts in the event of an animal health emergency.

23. After the first year, which group or organization is going to make sure new exhibitors know the premise ID requirement?
This will be put in the fair books just like any other exhibition requirement.

24. Doesn't the name and address on entry blanks and health papers take care of pin pointing where the animal came from?
Entry forms and health papers may or may not have the needed information. However, neither one is in a database that will allow for quick access. In an emergency animal disease situation, it is imperative that animal health officials know where livestock are located, as well as have accurate contact information, in order to respond effectively and efficiently and keep losses to a minimum.

25. If there are three exhibitors from one family does each need a premises ID?
No. Assuming they are all exhibiting animals from the same location, they would use the same Premises ID. A Premises ID is for the location animals are produced and/or raised.

The Premises ID number may or may not be registered in the exhibitor's name as it relates only to location of the animal and not ownership.

26. I have been reading your column in the Farm Bureau FarmWeek newspaper about the IDOA's premises identification registration rule. I have a question for you. I own harness race horses that are kept at a pari-mutual racetrack in Chicago. In order to race at the State Fair and DuQuoin will I have to have a premises ID? If so, what will I have to do to get the premises number?
Yes, you will need a premises ID to race at the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair. All of the pari-mutual racetracks in Illinois are registered and have Premises ID. As a premises ID only relates to a location where animals resides and not ownership, you would use the Premises ID that has been assigned to the racetrack.

27. Where did the ag director and the Illinois Department of Agriculture get their authority to make premises ID mandatory for fair exhibitors?
Illinois statute provides that the Department sets the conditions under which contestants shall be entered into contests and all other rules and requirements for contests. The contest requirements are required to be published in the premium books. IDOA is announcing in advance to participants of county and state fairs that premise identification will be a contest requirement for this summers' fairs in order to allow plenty of time for participants to obtain their premise identification number. Individuals who do not register their premises will not be eligible to compete in the contests.

28. When will premises ID become mandatory for sale barns, slaughter houses, vet clinics?
IDOA believes Premises ID to be a valuable tool for the protection of animal health and certainly encourages everyone with livestock to register their premises. However, to require premises ID for these locations would take legislative action. Currently there has not been any movement in that direction.

29. Is one of the reasons IDOA is requiring fair exhibitors to register their premises because there were not enough who registered voluntarily?
No. IDOA is requiring a premises ID for exhibition due the fact that exhibition is such a high risk movement. Animals are brought in from literally hundreds of locations, commingled with other animals as well as being exposed to large numbers of people and then are dispersed to hundreds of locations. If a major animal disease were to be introduced at one of the livestock shows, Premises ID would allow animal health officials to alert producers much faster and respond more effectively. There currently are approximately 11,000 premises in Illinois registered.

30. Are exhibitors who show at shows, like the Beef Expo and the Illinois Horse Fair, required to have premises ID numbers to be able to show animals on the Illinois State Fairgrounds?
No. The new requirement is only for Illinois state sponsored livestock exhibitions. However, there are some private shows across the country requiring a Premises ID, so it would be advisable to check with the show.


From the Department of Agriculture Website. http://www.agr.state.il.us/premiseid/faq.html