Law applies to premises housing livestock

WISCONSIN - According to USDA farm census information, Dodge County is one of the leading counties in Wisconsin for numbers of livestock premises.

The Wisconsin Premises Registration Act requires anyone who keeps, houses, or co-mingles livestock to register their premises effective Nov. 1. The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium is urging livestock owners to join 12,000 premises which have registered before sign-up becomes mandatory.

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, pheasants, poultry (chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowl), quail, ratites (rheas, ostriches, emu, cassowary, kiwi), sheep and swine.

The WLIC and its partner organizations have taken an active role in aiding free, voluntary premises registration. This is the first of three major steps to implement the National Animal Identification System 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.

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