North Carolina Ag Dept Embraces Deer Farmers

Deer farmers and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) held their first face-to-face meeting last week, and the positive and friendly environment promises new opportunities for industry growth in the Tar Heel State.

During the meeting, the regulatory body and deer farmers had a friendly discussion about rules and regulations, and the NCDA&CS informed everyone that the state would now allow new breeders to enter the industry as well as allow the importation of species not susceptible to CWD, such as fallow and axis.

“This first meeting between North Carolina deer farmers and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture could not have gone any better,” says Shawn Schafer, executive director of the North American Deer Farmers Association. “The meeting was extremely positive and professional, and the state officials made it very clear that they want to work with industry stakeholders.”

“We wish to express our sincere thanks to NCDA&CS for inviting NADeFA to the meeting,” added Schafer. “And special thanks to the North Carolina Deer Farmers Association for all their hard work and perseverance to move the industry forward.”

Leading the cervid industry for 32 years, 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. In addition, NADeFA representatives routinely travel across the country to provide expert testimony and information about deer farming and cervid-related animal health issues, such as CWD, EHD and other topics.