History & Mission


To foster a greater association among people who raise deer for commercial purposes, NADeFA® is dedicated to the promotion of deer farming and ranching as an agricultural pursuit and serves its members through its educational programs and publications and by providing leadership in setting and maintaining quality standards.

The North American Deer Farmers Association® exists to:

  • establish, encourage and facilitate an exchange of ideas on breeding, handling and deer farm management among members
  • promote deer farming and ranching and venison consumption in North America
  • to acquire and distribute information on all aspects of deer farming and ranching to members
  • provide a forum for the solution of deer farming and ranching challenges and to keep members informed regarding the implementation of such solutions
  • represent the deer farming and ranching industry to all levels of government, to livestock producers and to other related organizations
  • provide a registry for privately-owned cervidae
  • establish and promote ethical standards of conduct and husbandry in deer farming and ranching
  • establish, promote and actively market standards for deer and deer products