Montana Eliminates Brucellosis Testing Requirements

September 22, 2020

Another domino falls! 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.

Montana is the ninth state to officially drop their Brucellosis testing requirement for farmed cervids to enter the state. Over the last several months, NAEBA and its members participated in three Montana Board of Livestock meetings to make the request. Last week the Board of Livestock voted for the third and final time to repeal the test requirement and make the change official. The rule change will be in effect in November.

Montana joins Idaho, Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee 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 year and in 2021.

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. Marty Zaluski and Tahnee Szymanski for making this possible.

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

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