The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium has approved five new pilot projects for producers and industry interested in advancing animal identification efforts in Wisconsin that adhere to national standards. The new projects include:

  • The Milk Money Program, University of Wisconsin is piloting the use of premises ID and individual animal radio frequency ID (RFID) on animals in dairy herds that participate in the program.
  • The dairy pilot project, by Minnesota DHIA, Valley Ag Software, University of Minnesota and Wisconsin dairy producers, will be seeking information about value-added opportunities by using RFID as a means to collect animal ID and carry this ID through to milk and blood analysis laboratories.
  • The dairy records pilot project, by Ag Source/CRI and Valley Ag Software, proposes to test the improved efficiency associated with the implementation of RFID technology as part of the Dairy Herd Improvement milk recording and data collection process — as well as the integration of premises ID into existing animal ID databases and record systems.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is planning to cross-link and correlate the state licensing information with the WLIC premises registration database. The goal is to evaluate how multiple numbering systems can be linked and to potentially streamline registration processes for producers.
  • The sheep pilot project, by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, MB Genetics, University of Wisconsin Department of Animal Sciences and the Wisconsin State Fair, is evaluating different types of RFID readers in sheep operations while interfacing with flock management software. The project also includes tracking animals to the Wisconsin State Fair.

WLIC officials feel strongly that initiating animal ID pilot projects will help address specific questions producers and industry have about implementing a national animal ID program. Regional and species differences require different approaches, as illustrated by the projects.

Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium