The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium is offering a third round of pilot projects to help livestock producers and ag industry groups to advance the National Animal ID System (NAIS). And increase animal ID efforts in Wisconsin.

These pilot projects will focus on animal ID and animal tracking beyond the farm, says Leanne Ketterhagen, WLIC manager of communications and marketing. They offer an opportunity for both producers and companies to test various technologies and methods on-farm.

“WLIC members feel strongly that pilot projects are important to producers, and the industry as a whole, to answer specific questions as to how the NAIS can best be implemented,” she adds. “Premises registration is the first step in the national plan, animal ID is second, and the last is animal tracking. Regional and species differences require different approaches.”

And that’s what these pilot projects aim to accomplish — which approaches work best.

For more information and a pilot project application, go to: www.wiid.org and click on the pilot project page. If you have specific questions, contact Robert Fourdraine, WLIC chief operating officer at: (608) 848-1907.

Applications are due Feb. 7.

  WLIC