It’s sign-up time. If you haven’t already registered your livestock premises, now is the time to do so.

That’s because the Wisconsin Premises Registration Act becomes effective Nov. 1. It requires all those who keep, house, or co-mingle livestock to register their premises. Premises registration is the first of three major steps to implement the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) in Wisconsin. The NAIS will help protect animal agriculture by providing livestock owners and animal health officials the infrastructure to reduce the financial and social impacts of a potential animal disease outbreak.

“Premises registration applies to all livestock owners, not just commercial farms,” says Robert Fourdraine, chief operating officer for the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium. Any person housing livestock for hobby purposes is also included, regardless of the number of animals. “Signup is fast and simple,” he notes.                                

There are several ways to register premises at no cost:

  • Register online at
  • Or, after November 1 at: and click on the link for Premises Registration.
  • Registrants without computer access can call WLIC at 1-888-808-1910 to request a form.
  • A premises may also be registered through a WLIC agent who, with permission, registers on your behalf (for a list of WLIC agents visit:
  • Or you may visit a county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for on-line registration or to pick up a paper form. 

There is a compliance window for registrations. Premises not currently licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are required to register by Jan.1, 2006. Those premises currently licensed by the Department must register as part of the annual license renewal date if they have not already done so.

After these compliance windows have closed, penalties for violations are set by statute and are equivalent to other animal health and food safety laws.

“We registered our premises because we believe it is critical to achieve 48-hour trace back capability to minimize the economic impact in the event of an animal disease outbreak.  This capability protects the Wisconsin herd as well as our livestock industry,” says Deb Reinhart, dairy producer and WLIC board chair.

“Livestock,” as defined by the Wisconsin Premises Registration Act rules, includes aquaculture, bovine (bison, cattle), camelids (llamas, alpacas), cervidea (deer, elk, moose, caribou, reindeer and the subfamily musk deer), equine (horses, donkeys, mules), goats, captive game birds (pheasants, quail, wild turkeys, migratory wildfowl, pigeons, and exotic birds), poultry (chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowl), ratites (rheas, ostriches, emu, cassowary, kiwi), sheep, and swine.

Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium