The Animal Health Network: a system to alert non-commercial livestock owners of disease outbreaks
The Animal Health Network (formerly known as the County Animal Security & Health Network, or CASHN) is designed to improve communication (collaboration) between the county agent and the â€˜backyard’ owner through a common element: the local feed store. (which Public Disclosure and FOIA verified).
A pilot program in six states found that a message of a disease outbreak can flow from the state veterinarian to the feed retailer in little more than 48 hours. (This was the primary reason our State Veterinarians wanted the National Animal Identification System, NAIS, so they could ‘contact’ us if disease broke out.Â We told them there were other ways, and we were right!Â This piolot project reveals other communication possiblities, without NAIS!)
The CASHN system could potentially take the message to an average of 795 non-commercial owners within a week of receipt, the pilot shows. Rapid dissemination is designed to improve response to a potentially catastrophic outbreak, such as the 2002-2003 outbreak of Exotic Newcastle Disease, which began with a smuggled bird, existed in backyard flocks for six months before detection, and eventually led to the destruction of more than 3.5 million birds and the suspension of exports to 34 nations from California, Nevada and Arizona.
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10 Minute Citizen: Begin a plan to distance yourself from your local county Extension AgentÂ and feedstore.Â Do not use your charge card and do not provide much personal information which can and will be used against you at some point. Fight back.Â Say No to NAIS this year in your Legislature and at the National Level.