NADeFA Works with North Carolina Deer Farmers for Ag Oversight

CANTON, Ohio — The North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) announces its support for the recently proposed North Carolina House budget which includes language that transfers oversight authority over deer farming from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“NADeFA has been working very closely with the deer farmers in North Carolina to get their regulations aligned with science and the rest of the nation,” says Shawn Schafer, executive director for the North American Deer Farmers Association. “Of course, any time you propose shifting management from one agency to another, there is always some opposition. But hopefully everyone will stick to the facts and science, and we’ll see common sense prevail during the hearing and the following votes.”

Currently, there is opposition to the House Budget with critics citing concerns over Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and high-fence hunting, which is not allowed in North Carolina. However, Schafer points out that the legislation does not contain any language which lifts the ban on high-fenced hunting nor does it change any current regulations regarding CWD.

“The language in the bill is very plain. It shifts management of deer farming from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, an agency which is far more experienced in animal husbandry and disease prevention. That’s all it does,” says Schafer. “Anyone that says it does anything different has either not read the legislation or is being intellectually dishonest.”

Schafer, who was a member of the North Carolina Cervid Disease Task Force, adds that there are approximately 40 states in the country with farmed cervid industries and the vast majority of them are regulated in full or in part by the states’ departments of agriculture.

The North American Deer Farmers Association was founded in 1983 and 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 and membership, call 330.454.3944 or visit www.NADeFA.org.

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 www.NADeFA.org