NADeFA News

05-04-2016
by Margaret Slayton, St. Joseph News-Press There will be new mandatory testing of whitetail deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in two counties in Northwest Missouri during the opening weekend of deer season this fall according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. Barbara Keller, resource scientist, said hunters will be required to present their deer for CWD testing at locations in...
05-04-2016
by Craig Dougherty, Outdoor Life, May 2nd, 2016 Last summer I wrote that some states (Vermont and Virginia) have decided to ban the sale and use of urine based deer attractants. The reason: many scientists in the deer disease community believe the prions found in urine based scents may spread Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Scent manufacturers and deer urine suppliers are not sure they agree, they...
04-29-2016
Three men, including two from Mississippi, have been accused of importing white-tailed deer into Mississippi in a federal indictment that was unsealed this week. According to US Attorney Gregory K. Davis of the Southern District of Mississippi, Coleman Virgil Slade, 70, of Purvis, Don Durrett, 72, of Aspermont, Texas, and Dewayne Slade, 44, of Purvis, have been charged with various violations of...
04-20-2016
The House Appropriations Committee voted to pass the House Department of Agriculture and Related Agencies Appropriations Act out of committee.  The North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA), the nation's leading voice for the cervid industry, applauds this legislation and appreciates the commitment to cervid health the Committee has shown in this bill.  The bill includes $3.5 million for...
04-19-2016
On April 25, 2016, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services will raise the optical density (OD) cut-off value for a positive test. The Dual Path Platform serological test for bovine tuberculosis in reindeer will be raised from the current level of 200 to 500 for a positive test result. The current OD cut-off values for all other species will remain unchanged (i.e.,...