NADeFA Represents Cervids at Wildlife Disease Conference

When developing national and international disease prevention practices for wildlife, it’s important to have a seat at the table. The North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA), the nation's leading voice for the cervid industry, was proud to participate in the Wildlife Diseases Association (WDA) Annual International Conference, which was held last in Cortland, New York.

“Our deer farming industry includes many of the greatest authorities on disease prevention and management for cervids, and that’s why we wanted to ensure our presence at this year’s WDA conference. By participating, we have a seat at the table and we can share our knowledge and insight with scientists who are interested in wildlife diseases,” said Shawn Schafer, executive director of NADeFA.

The WDA mission is to acquire, disseminate, and apply knowledge of the health and diseases of wild animals in relation to their biology, conservation, and interactions with humans and domestic animals. For more information, visit

Founded in 1983, the North American Deer Farmers Association 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. NADeFA represents the deer farming industry at all levels of government, and works closely with livestock producers and other organizations to promote ethical standards of conduct and husbandry in deer farming and to actively market standards for deer and deer products. NADeFA representatives are also available to media for expert testimony and information about deer farming and animal health issues, such as Chronic Wasting Disease, EHD and other topics.

For more information about NADeFA and membership, call 330.454.3944 or visit

Since 1983, the North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) has worked to establish and promote deer farming as an agricultural pursuit and to facilitate education on breeding, handling and deer farm management. For more information on the North American Deer Farmers Association, call 330.454.3944 or visit