FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Foundation said today that a cost/benefit study commissioned by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proves that the costs for small farmers to implement the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) could put many of them out of business. "Most animal health problems are the result of the high-density CAFOs that concentrate thousands of animals in one location, while food safety problems begin at the slaughterhouse where NAIS traceability ends" "The government's own numbers show that a small farmer will pay at least twice and in some cases nearly three times the costs per animal to participate in NAIS as will the operators of the large confined animal feeding operations (CAFO)," said acting Fund president Pete Kennedy. The costs for animal identification quoted in the study called "The Benefit-Cost Analysis of the National Animal Identification System," which was released April 29, range from $2.48 per animal for CAFOs with more than 5,000 cattle to $7.17 per animal for producers with less than 50 and who do not currently tag their cattle. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17915.cfm __________________ The plans are for all domestic animals to be tagged.... pets as well as live stock and poultry. Movement of animals between property, fields, on a trip doen the road in your car..... alll movement is to be reported to government according to some sources. For small herds or poutry pens.... each and every animal will be chipped. For large corporate herds and pens, where there is more confinement but movement often takes places with large groups, the cost per head is substantially reduced. If fully implemented this will apply even to family herds and poultry pens even for home use!