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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is 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.

What We Do

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
Why Deer Farming?

Raising animals and tending the land is a way of life that has been handed down by our grandfathers and their fathers before them. Today many landowners are finding it increasingly difficult to pay the bills, and the outdoor way of life is fading from the North American landscape. Thankfully, deer farming is giving many families new ways to save the family farm and preserve the lush landscape for future generations. 

Deer farming is one of the fastest growing industries in rural America, and it generates $7.9 billion for the U.S. economy and supports tens of thousands of jobs. This alternative agricultural pursuit is a promising way to preserve the traditional rural way of life while taking advantage of a booming industry. Today, many Americans raise and work with whitetail deer every day. Here are a few quick facts about deer farming: 

  • Deer farming has been around since 5,000 B.C. in China, and it first came to the United States over 100 years ago. 
  • Raising deer maximizes land potential so that even small tracts of marginal property can become extremely profitable.
  • Raising deer helps conservation efforts by preserving open space for wildlife. 
  • Deer farming helps preserve our American outdoor traditions and encourages the next generation of Americans to connect with their environment.
  • The whitetail deer is the most popular big game animal in North America. There’s no reward greater than watching and caring for these amazing animals.

Our Board & Staff

Our Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Sam Holley 2020 – President

Jacques deMoss 2022 – 1st Vice President

Jason Edmondson 2020 – 2nd Vice President

John Whetstone 2021 – 3rd Vice President

Hank Dimuzio 2022 – Treasurer

Shawn Schafer – Executive Director

Board of Directors

The CLF (Cervid Livestock Foundation)

Mark Cobb 2022 – Chairman

Brad Farmer 2022 – Vice Chairman

Hank Dimuzio – Treasurer

Shawn Shaffer – Secretary

Sam Holley

Carolyn Laughlin

Ray Burdette

Juan Lino Garza 2021

Kevin Grace 2020

Brad Heath 2021

Fred Huebner 2021

Rich Meech 2021

Steve Munz 2021

Doug Roberts 2020

Jesse Seltmann 2022

Skip West 2020

NADeFA Executive Director

Shawn Schafer

Phone: 651-212-1315 

Email: schafer@nadefa.org

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