Weekly eNewsletter | February 22, 2021 | Volume 151
Save the Date: WLIC Annual Meeting - April 8th
Due to ongoing health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic and large group gatherings, the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) Board of Directors has decided to host its annual member meeting using a virtual platform again this year. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please register in advance at www.wiid.org no later than April 2, 2020. You will receive a link to join the virtual meeting prior to April 8th.

During the meeting, members will hear from Wisconsin Department of Agriculture staff, and will also hear a recap of 2020 activities and results.
Pork Exports Shatter Previous Records
U.S. pork exports reached almost 3 million metric tons in 2020, topping the 2019 record by 11 percent according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Pork-export value also climbed 11 percent to a record $7.71 billion. U.S. beef exports finished 2020 less year-over-year, decreasing 5 percent in both volume at 1.25 million metric tons and value at $7.65 billion. But beef exports finished the year with very strong momentum, with fourth-quarter volume increasing 4.5 percent from 2019 and posting one of the best months on record in December.
March 16 - Cornerstone Dairy Academy

March 17-18 - 2021 PDPW Business Conference
What percentage of the Nation's cheese does Wisconsin produce?

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Plan Ahead! Expect Shipping Delays!
Due to COVID-19 safety precautions affecting the production of tags, as well as slower shipping times with all carriers, there may be a delay in fulfilling and shipping your tag order. Please plan to add an additional 10 to 15 days to produce and ship your order – which means orders could take up to 25 days from the date ordered for delivery with standard shipping. (Under normal circumstances, it takes about 10 to 15 days to receive your order.)

We encourage you to plan ahead and allow for the additional shipping times. Please reach out to the WLIC Team if you have any questions or concerns.
Increased Stability and Demand Expected for Livestock Sector, Meyer Says
The unprecedented challenges of 2020 in the livestock and poultry sectors may be in the rearview mirror, but new pressures lie ahead. During USDA’s 97th Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA chief economist Seth Meyer provided insight into what the livestock and poultry sectors can expect in 2021. 
Import Restrictions For Comingled Cattle and Cattle Originating From or Transiting Regions of Mexico Now Classified as Non-Accredited (NA) Status for Bovine Tuberculosis (TB)
As previously announced and effective February 15, 2021, Veterinary Services (VS) reclassified many zones. These restrictions also apply to cattle being held at Export Gathering Centers and comingled with animals originating from or transiting through ineligible regions prior to export. 
'Discover' Cutting-Edge Ideas at PDPW Business Conference
Progressive dairy farmers are always on the lookout for new ideas, innovations and technologies to make their farms more productive, efficient and sustainable. The Professional Dairy Producers Business Conference will bring experts and innovators together to help farmers explore the possibilities. The two-day conference will be March 17-18 at the Kalahari Resort Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Wisconsin produces 26% of the Nation's cheese! 50% of all specialty cheese in the U.S. comes from Wisconsin.
Thanks to our Gold Members
Thanks to our Bronze Members
Thanks to our Corporate Plus Members
ABS Global, Inc.
AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Cooperative Network
DeWitt, LLP
Johnsonville Sausage LLC
Merry-Water Farms
Milwaukee Stockyards LLC
Semex USA
Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation
Wisconsin Pork Association