Livestock Premises Registration
New! Effective June 1, 2013, individuals with a sincerely held religious belief opposing registration of a livestock premises can seek an exemption under s. 95.51(2), Wis. Stats. To do so, the individual must complete an application and affidavit, signed before a notary public, and submit that application to DATCP. Only individuals can apply for a religious exemption, not a company. If the information provided in the affidavit cannot be verified the DATCP, the application may be denied and current premises registration requirements will apply.
Livestock premises registration means that any location where livestock congregate - family farm, hobby farm, backyard poultry flocks, veterinary clinics, markets, livestock feedlots, livestock dealers and haulers - provides to a central database an address, contact person and list of species. The location gets a unique number. Our goal is to be able to trace livestock movements within 48 hours in case of an animal disease outbreak, so we can find where an infection originated and what animals have been exposed.
Wisconsin is the first state in the nation to mandate livestock premises registration. We have a public-private partnership with the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium, that developed the necessary computer software over about five years. WLIC was already registering premises voluntarily when a BSE-infected Washington State dairy cow was discovered in December 2003, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to put premises and livestock identification on a fast track. In early 2004, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a law mandating premises legislation.
What is premises registration?
- Premises registration is a way to locate where livestock or dead animals are kept or congregated. Premises are listed in a computerized database with information about what species of animals are kept at any location. Each premises is assigned a number that remains with the location.
- Premises registration allows for much faster traces when there is an outbreak of an animal disease or an animal-borne human disease. If we know where susceptible animals are located, we can control the disease more quickly.
- Premises registration is not individual animal identification.
Voluntary vs. Mandatory
Premises registration is mandatory in Wisconsin (see "When to register" below). Wisconsin requires premises identification, regardless of whether the USDA or any other state requires it.
What must be registered
- Any location in Wisconsin where livestock are kept or congregated must be registered.
- “Livestock” includes cattle and other bovine animals, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, horses and other equine animals, farm-raised deer and other cervids, gamebirds including pheasants, quail, wild turkeys, migrating waterfowl, pigeons, and exotic birds raised in captivity, bison, llamas and other camelids, ratites such as emus and ostriches, and fish.
- “Premises” includes farms and hobby farms; veterinary clinics with large animal hospital facilities; stables; animal markets; livestock feedlots, animal trucker and dealer premises where animals are kept; slaughter, rendering and dead animal plants; livestock exhibitions; and any other location where livestock is kept or congregated.
- The premises registration number stays with the location; that is, a change in property ownership will not change the premises identification number.
Who must register
- The property owner, livestock owner, livestock caretaker, or other person involved in the livestock operation must register facilities not licensed by DATCP. If two or more people keep livestock on the same premises, one registration covers all.
- Current DATCP licensees must register their licensed livestock premises (dairy, deer and fish farms; animal markets, dealers and truckers; slaughter and rendering plants; and equine quarantine facilities).
Effective June 1, 2013, individuals with a sincerely held religious belief opposing registration of a livestock premises can seek an exemption under s. 95.51(2), Wis. Stats. To do so, the individual must complete an application and affidavit, signed before a notary public, and submit that application to DATCP. Only individuals can apply for a religious exemption, not a company. If the information provided in the affidavit cannot be verified the DATCP, the application may be denied and current premises registration requirements will apply.
When to register
- Legislation required registration by January 2, 2006.
- Registration must be renewed every three years. (A reminder notice is mailed about 30 days before expiration.)
- Changes in livestock at a premises location will require an update to the account.
How to register
- Register online at www.wiid.org, phone WLIC at 888-808-1910, or use paper forms available from DATCP or WLIC.
- DATCP will send renewals every three years.
- Information required:
- Legal name, trade name, mailing address, phone.
- Primary premises and up to three secondary locations.
- Name and phone for contact person who has knowledge of livestock movements to and from premises.
- Type of operation.
- Type of livestock.
- Registrants will receive a unique premises registration number printed on a convenient plastic card, which can be carried in a wallet or placed in a file.
- Information provided by the registrant is confidential unless other laws require it to be open.
- The premises registration number by itself is not confidential.
- DATCP may disclose confidential information if necessary to prevent or control disease or protect public health.
- There is no charge for registering premises.
Premises registration and current licensees
- Premises registration is required for all locations where livestock are kept or congregated.
- Premises registration does not replace licenses currently required for dairy, deer, and fish farms; animal markets, dealers and truckers; slaughter and rendering plants; feedlot / veal lot, and equine quarantine facilities.
To register/renew now
How to renew your premises registration
The Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) requires each livestock premises to renew their registration once every three years (Rule updated in 2008).
If you move, change phone numbers, change contact name or add a new species on your premises, you must update your information. There are 4 ways:
- Return the Premises Renewal form with corrections to WLIC.
- Access your online information.
If you remember your online user ID and Password, you can login and renew your information online (User ID's and password are case sensitive).
- E-mail us with your renewal request.
- We can renew your premises information for you, just fill in this 2012 Electronic Renewal document and
e-mail to WLIC by clicking on the "Submit Form" button in the top right corner.
We can update your information over the phone, please call 1-888-808-1910 and provide us with the information that needs to be updated.
In case you previously registered online, and you forgot your user name and password:
Email email@example.com and include your account number or premises number and name.
It is important to keep your information accurate to ensure animal health officials have the most up to date information in the event of an animal disease outbreak.
Current Renewal Process
Premises that have last renewed for the 2009 year will be receiving a renewal notice from DATCP during October and November 2011.
Once a premises registration has been renewed, a confirmation letter with a premises ID card will be mailed to registrants. DATCP reminds livestock owners to keep their cards for future reference. Some organizations or events, such as fairs, may ask for a premises ID number in order to participate in their activities.
For more information
Contact the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) to register your premises, including renewals, or if you have forgotten your livestock premises code.
Follow these links to learn more about:
For questions about ATCP 17, the rule that established the premises registration requirement, call the DATCP Division of Animal Health at 608-224-4872.