Idaho Eliminates Brucellosis Testing Requirements

April 16, 2020

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.

Idaho is the seventh state to officially drop their brucellosis testing requirement for farmed cervids to enter the state. The rule change is now in effect.

Idaho now joins Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, 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 later this spring and summer. 

This news is extremely important to the elk industry as three of the four largest importing states for elk no longer have the requirement.

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. Bill Barton and Scott Leibsle for making this possible.

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

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