I cannot believe all these companies, auction firms, etc are saying they have a national database.....................give me a break! Just what is a national database??? I would say it is one that has national access???? All the government wants is the trail these animals go when they leave the farm/ranch of oirgin. All these private data warehouse popping up are not needed for goernment compliance.....period! THe government needed to have the NATIONAL DATABASE........We are doing this for trace back in case of a disease problem. SO what is so damn confidential of where a beast has been and where ii is going???? We have a paper trail now, health certificaes, brand records.......all these people in the private sector are causing confusion in the industry when it comes to databases. I wish all of them would shut the hell up and let the USDA do their job!