Equine Infectious Anemia Control
Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is an infectious viral disease of horses for which there is no treatment or preventative vaccine. The disease can cause acute deaths during outbreaks but is most often found in the chronic form. Once an animal becomes infected, it remains infected for the rest of its life and is capable of transmitting the disease to other susceptible horses, primarily via biting blood-feeding insects. The EIA Disease Control Program is directed at identifying EIA positive horses through serological testing, permanent identification, and preventing exposure to other horses through permanent isolation and quarantine. This is accomplished through requiring a current (within the previous 12 months) negative EIA test on all horses moving into the state and within the state. Additionally, a current negative EIA test is required on all horses participating in events where horses are assembled for show, exhibition, trail ride, rodeo, etc., for sale purposes, for breeding purposes and for boarding horses.
The Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Disease Control Program was implemented in 1964.
Contact: William C. Jeter, D.V.M, Bureau Chief of Animal Disease Control.
National Poultry Improvement Plan
The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) is a national voluntary cooperative federal/state/industry program in which 95% of the U.S. poultry breeding and hatchery industries participate. The program is one through which disease control and prevention strategies are used to improve the poultry and poultry products produced by the participants. States that voluntarily participate in this program also administer the program in their respective states through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USDA. The provisions for administering the various programs are found in the National Poultry Improvement Plan and Auxiliary Provisions (APHIS 91-55-021, June 1994) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 82, Subpart B. The greatest benefit derived by participating members is that poultry and poultry products produced under these provisions are allowed to be shipped interstate and internationally with few restrictions.
For more information, please visit this website: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_dis_spec/poultry/
Marks and Brands
Marks and Brand Certificates are issued through the Bureau of Animal Disease Control in the Division of Animal Industry. Chapter 534.021, Florida Statutes, requires that any livestock owner who uses a mark or brand to identify his livestock must register the mark or brand by applying to the Department. Applicants should send a drawing of proposed new brands via FAX (850-410-0946) before sending in the application for a new brand, so it can be checked against existing brands to avoid duplication. Please call the Records Section at 850-410-0900 with any questions.
The application must be made on a form prescribed by the Department and must be accompanied by a facsimile of the brand applied for and a statement identifying the county in which the applicant has or expects to have livestock bearing the mark or brand. Chapter 534.041, Florida Statutes, Renewal of Certificate of Mark or Brand, requires that the owner apply for renewal of the mark and band every five years. The renewal period ends at midnight on the last day of the month five years from the date of registration. Failure to make application for renewal within the month of the expiration of a registration will cause the Department to send a second notice to the registered owner by mail at the last known address. Failure to make application for renewal within 30 days after receipt of the second notice will cause the owner's mark or brand to be placed on an inactive list for a period of 12 months, after which it will be cancelled and become available for registration by another person. Marks and brands recorded under this act are the property of the owner and may be sold, assigned, or donated as personal property. Any instrument affecting the title of such mark or brand shall be acknowledged in the presence of the recorded owner and a notary public, and shall be recorded by the Department. It is not required that livestock be branded or have ear marks but if this type of identification is used, it is required by law to be registered. Persons not abiding by this law may be charged with a misdemeanor of the second degree. The penalties are a definite term of imprisonment not exceeding 60 days or a fine of $500.00 or both. Upon request, an application will be forwarded to be completed in its entirety.Fees are as follows:
New application: $10.00
Renewal Fee: $5.00
Certified Copies: $2.00 each
Form: Application for Brand Record, DACS-09011
Checks are payable to: The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The issuance of livestock permits improves control over livestock thefts and other illicit livestock operations. When registering livestock trailers an application is needed for each unit. There are no temporary permits issued.