Tennessee Eliminates Brucellosis Testing Requirements

April 28, 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.

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

Tennessee joins Idaho, Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas as states that no longer require the test for importation for farmed elk. 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 summer and fall. 

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. Samantha Beaty and Charles Hatcher for making this possible.

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

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