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Groups Setting Up DNA Testing System for County Fair Show Pigs
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/05/2014

A group of Wisconsin state agencies and farm organizations are working together to offer a system that uses DNA testing to confirm identification of individual pigs for the upcoming fair season. The move is in response to the PED swine virus, which has caused the state to call off all pig weigh-in events statewide this spring.

The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium, with help from the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wisconsin State Fair and Wisconsin Pork Association, are coordinating the DNA testing efforts. Between now and June 1, counties and individuals can go to www.wiid.org and print out a Request Form to order DNA sample kits, RFID tags and other related items.

The WLIC says the program is optional and was designed to be a help to counties that want to participate. The consortium will act as a clearing house by providing kits and RFID tags to counties and then receiving and logging collection DNA envelopes, identification numbers and exhibitor information.

For more information or to ask questions, contact the WLIC office at 888-808-1910.

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