What Is the Arkansas Voluntary Premises Identification System?

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission is launching a voluntary premises identification system to comply with USDA guidelines. No Arkansas livestock producer is required to register for a premise number. 

Animal Traceability

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission's premises identification program is strictly a volunteer program. No Arkansas livestock producer is required to register for a premises number.

The strength of a national network for animal disease traceability is dependent upon the capability of the states, tribes, and territories to trace animal movements. Disease amplification occurs within the states, tribes, and territories, making it the responsibility of those entities to develop effective and efficient animal disease traceability and surveillance programs. At the same time, those entities must maintain the freedom to move animals interstate and internationally with open communications between and among the states, tribes, and territories 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Because of its tremendous diversification, the animal agriculture industry believes that animal traceability programs are most successful when led by the respective states, tribes, and territories.

Why Is Premises Registration Important?

The identification of premises that allow for the commingling of animals is the foundation of the NAIS and must be established before animals can be tracked. Knowing where animals are located is the key to efficient, accurate and cost-effective epidemiologic investigations and disease control efforts.

Premises location data that will include a unique premises identification number to actual location involved in livestock commerce or the movement of animals or poultry will be implemented and administered by the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission under the guidelines of USDA.

What Is a Premise?

A premise is any geographically unique location associated with animal agriculture that would allow for the commingling or movement of animals involved in commerce.

What Does It Cost to Register a Premise?

Because of a grant from USDA, there is no cost to Arkansas livestock producers to register a premise.

How Do I Register a Premise?

The volunteer premises identification system registration form is one page. It asks for information such as owner name, business name, alternate contact person, mailing address, telephone number(s), e-mail address, business type, business unit (farm/ranch, clinic, livestock auction, exhibition, etc.) and species.

When the form is completed, mail or fax it to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. They will review the form for approval.

Once approved, the Livestock and Poultry Commission will submit the information to USDA for a premises identification number. Once USDA assigns a premises identification number, the livestock producer will be notified.

How Do I Obtain a Registration Form?

To obtain a volunteer premises identification registration form, contact the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission at, click on the link at the top of this page and/or contact:

Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission
P.O. Box 8505
 Little Rock, AR 72215
 Phone Number: 501-907-2400
 Fax Number: 501-907-2425