NADeFA Attends Prion 2015 Conference

CANTON, Ohio — The North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA), the nation’s leading voice for the cervid industry, is participating in the Prion 2015 Conference this week, representing the cervid industry at the world’s most preeminent conference focused on prion research.

Being held at Prion Research Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., Prion 2015 builds on the tradition of past meetings to include keynote presentations on the history of prions and future directions in prion research by pioneers Byron Caughey and Reed Wickner, and features pre-congress animal, human TSE and yeast prion workshops. The symposium will also feature more than 50 talks from leading researchers from around the world.

“NADeFA is committed to supporting research which helps to establish efficient and effective disease protocols versus prion-based diseases, such as Chronic Wasting Disease,” says Shawn Schafer, executive director of NADeFA. “Some of the greatest minds in the world on the subject of prions are here at Prion 2015, and we’re very excited to participate.”

Founded in 1983, the North American Deer Farmers Association is dedicated to the promotion of deer farming and ranching as an agricultural pursuit and serves its members through its educational programs and publications and by providing leadership in setting and maintaining quality standards. NADeFA represents the deer farming industry at all levels of government, and works closely with livestock producers and other organizations to promote ethical standards of conduct and husbandry in deer farming and to actively market standards for deer and deer products. NADeFA representatives are also available to media for expert testimony and information about deer farming and animal health issues, such as Chronic Wasting Disease, EHD and other topics.

For more information about NADeFA programs and membership, call 330.454.3944 or visit

Since 1983, the North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) has worked to establish and promote deer farming as an agricultural pursuit and to facilitate education on breeding, handling and deer farm management. For more information on the North American Deer Farmers Association, call 330.454.3944 or visit