Premises registration proves winner against pseudorabies

US - Recent cases of pseudorabies in Wisconsin swine have demonstrated in real life how premises registration can protect livestock producers, their animals and the livestock industry.
calendar icon 17 December 2007
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Until now, the benefits of premises registration have been "what if?" scenarios. This is no longer the case. The need for producers to participate in premises registration is more evident in light of these recent events.

"During the pseudorabies investigation, farms that were registered could be directly contacted and the animals were quickly tested," said Robert Ehlenfeldt, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) state veterinarian, in a press release. "We had to go door to door to locate animals at unregistered premises, which slowed down our ability to test for the disease. Ultimately, this only delays getting those farms back in operation."

As part of the Wisconsin Premises Registration Act, livestock owners in Wisconsin have registered more than 56,000 premises. The goal of the system is to have a comprehensive database of names, phone numbers and species locations to provide animal health officials with a tool to rapidly locate and contact owners of affected premises that may have been exposed to a contagious disease.

Mike Salter, a pork producer from Black Creek, said the system is having a positive impact on his industry.

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