American Cervid Alliance

Colorado Eliminates Cervid Brucellosis Testing Requirement

January 2, 2018

The cervid industry’s campaign to eliminate brucellosis import testing for all farmed cervids is gaining momentum. Effective January 2, 2018, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has now dropped their brucellosis import testing requirement for farmed cervids.

As noted earlier in the year, the American Cervid Alliance and its member associations are working together to eliminate this unnecessary testing requirement for interstate movement.  In October, the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) unanimously adopted a resolution urging state animal health officials to eliminate interstate Brucellosis testing requirements for cervids that originate outside the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA).  The request was thoroughly vetted by animal health officials and ultimately unanimously approved by the USAHA membership at the 2017 conference.

 Since Brucellosis import rules are state requirements and not federal, the changes need to be requested state by state by the local industry leaders. Over the last several weeks, the industry is working concurrently to make these requests. Several states have noted they are starting the process to eliminate the requirement.

 The cervid industry thanks the Colorado department for this change. The Alliance will update the industry on more changes as they come. 

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