Livestock & Poultry

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Arkansas Voluntary Premises Identification System

What is the Arkansas voluntary premises identification number system?

The Arkansas voluntary premises identification number system is a voluntary program administered by the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. Registration of premises is necessary to purchase radio frequency identification devices.

Animal Traceability
Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID Ear Tags)

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 National Animal Identification System (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/poultry will be implemented and administered by the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission under the guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture (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?

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, email the online fillable PDF application to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission at They will review the form for approval.

Once approved, the Arkansas 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 (501) 225-1598 or click here.

To order Official Identification Devices (RFID Tags):

Email: Kory Jones Call: (501) 823-1722