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WVDL Prepared for Agricultural Emergencies

Economic Impact of Foreign Animal Diseases (FADs)


Diseases exotic to the US, referred to as foreign animal diseases or FADs, pose a major threat to US livestock industry (morbidity, mortality, loss of market share, etc). Although foot and mouth disease is often regarded as the prime risk to US animal agriculture, other exotic and endemic diseases are also important:  classical swine fever, avian influenza, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, to name a few.

Early detection and eradication are key components of the USDA response to foreign animal diseases. The WVDL is a core laboratory in the USDA’s National Animal Laboratory Health Network (NALHN). In this capacity the WVDL provides diagnostic testing and surveillance for early detection of FADs and surge-capacity for outbreak situations. Follow the accompanying link to estimates of the economic impact of an FAD.


WVDL Plays Key Role in Wisconsin’s Dairy Exports


Wisconsin Dairy Exports Grow in 2013

The WVDL performs over 500,000 tests each year for the dairy and genetics industry.  Results are used by exporters to assure customers that Wisconsin products (live cattle, semen, embryos etc.,) are safe to import.

Export Cow Wisconsin exported more than $170 million of dairy exports in the first half of 2013, 23 percent higher than last year. Gov. Scott Walker announced that dairy products were the state’s most valuable agriculture exports so far in 2013. Wisconsin now ranks fourth in the country for the value of dairy exports.

“The growth in our dairy industry is due to the hard work of the farmers and processors who produce quality and safe dairy products,” Walker said in a news release.  “Wisconsin is quickly growing beyond being America’s Dairy Land.  Our agriculture industry continues to be a strong cornerstone of our state’s economy, and the overall increase of Wisconsin exports is good for our economy and the hardworking employees who help produce great products.”


CHECK OUT Our New Mastitis PCR testing

Now Available Mastitis PCR Testing

The WVDL is pleased to announce that we now offer PCR testing for four common mastitis pathogens (Mycoplasma bovis, Staph aureus, Strep agalactiae and Strep uberis) in a single test.   PCR testing offers distinct advantages over culture including:

1-      Rapid turnaround time-Results available next working day.

2-      The ability to identify pathogens in antibiotic treated samples or samples in which bacteria are in a non-growth phase.


Tests will be run daily at a cost of $39.00.  Milk samples will be retained for culture and antibiotic susceptibility testing which will be performed only by request and at additional cost.

CLICK HERE for our Test and Fees page

CHECK OUT Our Expanded Bovine Respiratory PCR Panel


Mycoplasma bovis PCR has been added to our bovine respiratory PCR panel.

Check our test and fees page for more information

NEW Test and Fees Page

WVDL has a new Test and Fees Page on it’s website.  You can find the link in the upper right hand corner of the menu, or via the CLICK HERE link below.  Here is a preview of what it looks like








CLICK HERE to access our new Test and Fees Page.


If you have need any assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-800-608-8387

NEW WVDL Client Portal

NEW WVDL Client Portal

You can now view your test results via the WVDL Portal.  In order for you to be able to login you must first setup an account.  You can access the logon screen HERE or on the tabs above labeled Client Portal.  Once you click on the link, you will then be presented with the following screen (BELOW)

Client Portal Login Screen










After clicking on New Users Click Here you will then get the next screen









We would like to ask you to fill out as much information as possible so we can properly match your account.  You will get an email when your account setup is complete within 1 business day.  Once you receive the notification your account will be ready for you to login.

CWD Testing Price Changes



As of September 1st, 2013 the following CWD prices will be in effect:

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing on farmed cervids for surveillance:  $30.00 per animal

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing on hunter submitted tissues:  $30.00 per animal


For any questions, concerns or comments please contact us.

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