Wisconsin CWD Update- Good News
January 18, 2014
From the American Cervid Alliance News Room
Good News From Wisconsin
Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection received word today that the USDA has changed its position on trace-back/trace-forward exposed animals. This decision was made as more information became available about the buck's actual location when he was found to be positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, the length of time he had been in the preserve and how this correlated with language in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). USDA is no longer requiring states to issue whole herd quarantines although they are urging states to be more restrictive. This information now guarantees that Wisconsin's Herd Certification program is no longer at risk if individual animal quarantines are issued instead of whole herds quarantines. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection will be looking at this information further next week and will then communicate with all affected farms to discuss their options.
The communication between Whitetails of Wisconsin's Board of Directors and USDA has been the influential factor in reversing this decision. This is very good news for the cervid industry.
The ACA appreciates everyone from all industry associations that has worked to assist Wisconsin and related farms during this important time.