Oklahoma Eliminates Brucellosis Testing Requirements

October 31, 2019

The North American Elk Breeders Association is excited to share more progress is being made in the cervid industry's campaign to eliminate brucellosis import testing for all farmed cervids.

Oklahoma is becoming the sixth state to officially drop their brucellosis testing requirement for farmed cervids to enter the state. The rule change will become effective on November 1, 2019.

Oklahoma now joins Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota, South Dakota and Texas as states that no longer require the test for importation. Several other states are currently in the process of amending their administrative rules to drop the requirement with others agreeing to start the process. Many are expected to become official in the spring. 

This news is extremely important to the cervid industry as the state is a common destination for farmed elk and deer. 

This action follows a request from the cervid industry’s approved United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) resolution in 2017 urging state animal health officials to eliminate interstate Brucellosis testing requirements for cervids that was offered by the American Cervid Alliance.

The cervid industry thanks Drs. Rod Hall and Justin Roach for making this possible.

NAEBA will update the industry on more changes as they come.

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