Kansas Eliminates Brucellosis Testing Requirements

October 14, 2020

Ten states! 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.

Kansas is the tenth state to officially drop their Brucellosis testing requirement for farmed cervids to enter the state. Over the last year, NAEBA and the Kansas Elk & Deer Association worked with the Kansas Animal Health Division to make the request. This week the Kansas department voted to repeal the test requirement and make the change official. The rule change will be in effect in November.

Kansas joins Idaho, Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee and Texas as states that no longer require the test for importation for farmed elk or deer. 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 coming months.

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. Justin Smith, Andy Hawkins and Paul Grosdidier for making this possible.

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

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