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UW-Extension Biosecurity Information

Premises and animal identification

National animal identification will protect American animal agriculture by providing producers and animal health officials with the infrastructure to

  • improve efforts in current disease eradication and control
  • protect against foreign animal disease outbreaks 
  • to address threats from deliberate introduction of disease  

This will reduce the financial and social impacts of a potential disease outbreak. It is important to uphold and continue confidence in agricultural and our livestock products. For more information about  animal identification. The Wisconsin Premises Registration Act requires anyone who keeps, houses or co-mingles livestock to register their premises no later then November 1, 2005.  You can register your premises on line.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Recently published research indicates that the risk of transmission of CWD to humans is small, but precautions are wise. See summary of article (PDF) in the June 2004 issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was discovered in Wisconsin deer in Spring 2002. As we learn more about CWD and its impact on the Wisconsin deer herd, UW-Extension is responding to the concerns of hunters, consumers, meat processors and livestock producers related to this animal disease.

UW-Extension Resources

Donated Venison and CWD: A Fact Sheet for Food Pantries and Consumers (PDF) Reviewed September 2005

A Fact Sheet for Consumers on CWD and Venison Safety (PDF) (Word file) - Reviewed September 2005

Wisconsin Meat Facts and Analysis (PDF) (Word file)

"So You Got a Deer" (PDF) (Extension Publication G1598)


Other Resources

From Field to Freezer -- handling and processing guidelines (streaming video)

Copies are available in the Cooperative Extension Media Collection #18586. Videos are available from your local county Extension office.

UW-Madison Resources

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

National Prion Disease Surveillance Center

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS)

Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Foot and Mouth Disease

March 2003 Warning

- Dr. Robert Ehlenfeldt, Acting State Veterinarian    (MS Word file)   (PDF)

Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks in Great Britain in Spring 2001 sparked concern that the disease might spread to the U.S. UW-Extension responded with education about preventing and controlling this and other diseases of livestock-Biosecurity. The FMD threat passed, but livestock producers still need to prevent spread of animal diseases.

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets about FMD and Biosecurity (PDF or MS Word files)

Teaching materials

UW-Extension teaching materials and presentations about FMD and biosecurity

Streaming video

"Biosecurity on the Farm: Preventing Foot and Mouth and Other Diseases"

UW-Extension videoconference; June 13, 2001

Streaming audio

Foot and Mouth Disease audioconference, May 18, 2001

Foot and Mouth Disease audioconference, April 6, 2001 

Foot and Mouth Disease audioconference, September 7, 2001

Informative Links

Internet Resources

Telephone and Mail Resources


Evaluation of the Foot and Mouth Disease videoconference (PDF)

Preventing Contagious Animal Diseases

Information on Foot and Mouth Disease