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Behind the Scenes of Avian Flu: Producers Prepared

In the big scheme of things, today’s novel technology combined with the collaborative efforts between industry, academia and state and federal governments make it possible for the United States to have a number of Secure Food Supply Plans in preparation for foreign animal disease outbreaks. In addition to a Secure Egg Supply Plan, Secure Food Supply plans are in various stages of development for pork, milk, turkeys, broilers and beef.

Being prepared saves not only livelihood, but saves time, energy, and money. Even if there is only one bird on a property, it is vitally important to register that premise! Our greatest asset is the cooperation of many.

For a PDF of this Press Release, click HERE

For a direct link to this article at Farm & Ranch Guide, click HERE

State Fair DNA Deadline is Coming Soon!

The deadline to have DNA samples sent to WLIC is fast approaching! Wisconsin State Fair DNA/RFID identification deadlines (postmark):

Sheep Deadline: Monday – May 11, 2015

Swine Deadline: Monday – May 11, 2015 .

More information can be found on this Announcement. As always, please contact us at 888-808-1910 with any questions regarding RFID/DNA. Questions about the State Fair or entry procedures can be sent to or by calling 414-266-7000.

The forms needed to request ID/DNA kits from WLIC can be found HERE

Premise Registration Essential to Avian Influenza Response

Since the first official case of H5N2 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was discovered here in Wisconsin last week, the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) has been keeping its premises registration database in top condition for emergency response` purposes. The current outbreak serves as a reminder to poultry owners to register your premises if you haven’t already done so or renew your current registration.

“Many may not realize how important this system is to controlling an animal disease threat in Wisconsin such as this one,” said Alan Clark, WLIC’s executive director. This system was built to house the information for premises registration on a private and secure database as one way to maintain a strong agriculture industry in Wisconsin. Registration is free and can be completed online at or by phone at 888-808-1910.

When the first facility in Jefferson County was identified, WLIC provided the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) Division of Animal Health with a list of poultry owners located within the quarantine and surveillance zones. Using this information, DATCP was able to contact all the poultry owners and arrange to test their birds for the virus. The Consortium is also answering calls from producers and keeping a close eye on the HPAI disease response.

“Wisconsin’s mandatory premises registration system has been invaluable to protecting the livestock industry in Wisconsin, not only in this case, but also with last year’s outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv),” Clark said.

State and local health officials have been able to access premise registration information to aid in decreasing the time required to manage the diseases, and restore Wisconsin’s livestock markets. When spring weigh-ins were cancelled last year for swine heading to county fairs, WLIC also instituted a DNA program to maintain individual identity on exhibition pigs.

The mantra at WLIC has always been “Our Greatest Asset is the Cooperation of Many”, which still holds true. By working together, we can protect market access and maintain our state’s disease-free status.

For a PDF of this Press Release, click HERE

WLIC Annual Meeting

Thanks to all those who were able to attend the WLIC Annual Meeting! We are especially grateful to Dr. Darlene Konkle, WI Assistant State Veterinarian, for being our guest speaker. Dr. Konkle spoke about the Stockpile and Wash Tunnel demonstration in Sparta WI at Volk field. The impact of a disease outbreak and how it can be traced via proper identification was also presented. We said goodbye to board members stepping down and welcomed newly elected members who took their place.

More information will be available about the meeting in the Quarterly Newsletter. To get on the mailing list, please send an email to

2015 State Fair News!

Youth interested in showing market beef, sheep or swine at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair will need to get their animal projects DNA/RFID identified through the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) by the respective State Fair eligibility deadlines. WLIC is coordinating a statewide DNA/RFID identification program for Wisconsin County and State Fairs. This identification system allows animals which are DNA/RFID identified through the WLIC County and State Fair program to meet Wisconsin State Fair Identification requirements as long as the process is completed (all forms returned and samples on file) by the respective Wisconsin State Fair identification deadline postmarks:

Beef Deadline: Monday – February 9, 2015

Sheep Deadline: Monday – May 11, 2015

Swine Deadline: Monday – May 11, 2015 .

More information can be found on this Announcement. As always, please contact us at 888-808-1910 with any questions regarding RFID/DNA. Questions about the State Fair or entry procedures can be sent to or by calling 414-266-7000.

New 2015 PIN Tag Requirement

The Wisconsin Pork Association and Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium would like to remind pork producers that Jan. 1, 2015 is the deadline for applying premises identification number (PIN) tags to breeding stock animals going to harvest. The pork industry is moving away from backtags to the use of official, USDA-approved ear tags. These eartags must be applied on the farm of origin to individual breeding swine being marketed into harvest channels to link the animal and the sending premise. PIN tags are not required for feeder pigs, growers or market hogs. This new requirement will improve the pork industry’s pre-harvest traceability, national disease surveillance, and enhance our ability to detect and contain diseases more quickly.

More information from the Pork Checkoff at, 1-800-456-7675, and from Equity Cooperative at, 1-800-362-3989, can be found by clicking on the logos below. Additionally, Wisconsin Pork Association, 1-800-822-7675, is available with more information regarding this new requirement. As always, WLIC is here to help with any questions regarding Premise Identification. A Premise ID is needed when ordering the USDA-approved PIN tags. Our office can be reached at 888-808-1910 or emailing

Tag Details

Wisconsin pork producers can get their PIN tags from a number of providers who work cooperatively with WLIC on the Identifying WisconsinTM branded tag program. To order PIN tags, please contact one of the distributors below and request the Identifying WisconsinTM PIN tags. Producers must have their 7-digit premises identification number available when calling to order tags. (Note – your Wisconsin Livestock Premises Code, found on your Wisconsin Livestock Premises Registration Card, is a national PIN.)

Animart: 1-800-255-1181

Leedstone (formerly Stearns Vet Supply): 1-877-608-3877

MWI Vet Supply: 1-800-824-3703

2015 Online Premises Application and Renewal Form

If you are unfamiliar with online registration and premises renewal and prefer to fill in a form instead:

For first time premises registration fill in this Electronic Premises Application Form with your information and e-mail to WLIC by clicking on the "Submit Form" button in the top right corner.

To renew your premises information, just fill in this 2013 Electronic Renewal Document. Make sure to place your Account number and Premises ID number in the box in the top right corner of the form. Then fill in your name, mailing address, contact information and species that you wish to update on your premises information. After you have filled in the form, e-mail it to WLIC by clicking on the "Submit Form" button in the top right corner. For any other questions, or changes please e-mail

WLIC Accomplishments

  • > Premises Registered
  • >59,000 Active Premises
  • 117% of premises registered compared to USDA NASS statistics
  • ~ 2 Million Animal ID tags recorded
  • ~ 1.2 Million RFID tags recorded
  • ~ 300,000 RFID tags provided via incentive program to producers and veterinarians
  • ~ 2.4 Million tag or movement records recorded
  • ~ tags traceable back to the Farm of Origin
  • ~ 82,363 tags traceable from Farm to Processor
  • 28 County Fairs and State Fair used RFID tags for meat animal sales in 2012

RFID Tags Offer Herd Management opportunities for Livestock Producers

For 4 years the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium was able to provide free RFID tags to livestock producers, unfortunately this program has come to an end at this time. Since the start of the program over 225,000 tags were provided to farms across Wisconsin. Many producers have found value in using these tags for herd management purposes. If you are interested in AIN RFID tags and want to learn more about how to incorporate on your farm please download the Incorporating RFID on your Farm resource sheet. This resource sheet contains different tips as far as items you need to consider before you start buying any equipment or software. If you have further questions, feel free to call WLIC at 888-808-1910. You can also read about several farms that have incorporated RFID by going to the Information RFID Resources page on this website.


Vision Statement

The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) will implement an animal identification and information system following nationally established standards. This will support the protection of animal health by fostering cooperation and understanding.