The species identify of 661 strains of coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from the skin and nares of cattle, pigs, poultry, goats and sheep was determined. They belonged either to the novobiocin-sensitive species Staphylococcus hyicus, Staph. simulans, Staph. epidermidis, Staph. haemolyticus and Staph. warneri or to the novobiocin-resistant species Staph. sciuri, Staph. lentus, Staph. xylosus, Staph. cohnii, Staph. saprophyticus and Staph. gallinarum; twenty-one strains remained unidentified. The staphylococcal flora of the farm animals studied differed markedly from that associated with man; several species which do not occur in man were isolated and novobiocin-resistant strains, which occur infrequently in man, were present in large numbers in animals. Two simplified schemes for the identification of staphylococci from farm animals and man are presented.