Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Missouri's Voluntary CWD Program Receives National Approval

April 17, 2013

Missouri's Voluntary CWD Program Receives National Approval

The Missouri Department of Agriculture's efforts to minimize the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease were recently recognized and approved by the USDA. Missouri's voluntary program has been designated an Approved State Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

"The Missouri Department of Agriculture takes its role in protecting the health of Missouri's livestock very seriously and continues to work to prevent, identify and, as necessary, eradicate disease throughout the state," said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler.

More than 180 Missouri farms currently participate in the voluntary program, which includes inspections, testing and detailed recordkeeping. Through their participation in the voluntary program, Missouri producers shipping cervids, including deer and elk, interstate have the opportunity to certify their herds as being low risk for the neurological disease.

Missouri's herd certification program was developed in 2002 to protect and manage captive cervids. The Department applied for approval through the USDA-APHIS Approved State CWD Herd Certification Program in 2012, shortly after the federal program became available. Missouri's program approval is good for five years and may be renewed.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease found in deer, elk and moose. There is no evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans or non-cervid animals, such as livestock and household pets. The first known case of CWD in the U.S. was identified in South Dakota in 1997. It has since been found in a dozen states.

For more information on CWD and other animal health programs, visit the Department online at

Missouri's Voluntary CWD Program Receives National Approval and will be a failure from the start.


key word here ‘voluntary’.

this program is a failure before it ever gets started.

any voluntary measure will not work with the TSE prion disease, in my opinion. ...tss

I think this was 2010 ;

There are 294 cervid farms in Missouri. (LF 250, 313).

The study identified four general purposes for cervid farms: “breeding stock operations, trophy hunting preserves, commercial venison producers, and commercial scent collection.” (LF 250, 313).


Products from a deer breeding operation like Appellant’s include antler racks after they are shed, semen “straws” from super bucks, fawns that carry the super genetics other breeders are looking for, and adult bucks and does that have proven their productivity. (LF 250). There is a national market for these products. A straw of semen can go for $1,500 to $30,000 per straw depending on the productivity of the buck. Antler racks sell for $1,000 to $20,000 or more, depending on the size and quality. (Id.) Weaned buck and doe fawns with the desired genetics sell for $7,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Id.) A mature buck that has shown the ability to grow extraordinary antlers can sell for over a half-million dollars. (Id.) Super does with proven genetics can sell for $40,000 to over $200,000. (Id.)

referenced here ;

3. Effective January 1 of each year, one hundred percent (100%) of all elk, elk-hybrids, mule deer, and white-tailed deer over twelve (12) months of age that die of any cause within a big game hunting preserve operation, shall be tested for chronic wasting disease at a federally approved laboratory, up to an annual total of ten (10) animals in the aggregate; except that one hundred percent (100%) of all elk, elk-hybrids, mule deer and white-tailed deer that are imported into Missouri that die of any cause within a big game hunting preserve shall be tested for chronic wasting disease at a federally approved laboratory.

4. All permits issued by the state veterinarian's office allowing cervids to enter Missouri and all chronic wasting disease test results must be kept by the permittee and are subject to inspection by an agent of the department at any reasonable time. All test results documenting a positive case of chronic wasting disease shall be reported immediately to an agent of the department.

5. The permittee may exercise privileges provided in 3 CSR 10-9.353 only for species held within breeding enclosure(s) contained within or directly adjacent to the big game hunting preserve. Any such breeding enclosure(s) shall meet standards specified in 3 CSR 10-9.220. Breeding enclosures may be separated from the hunting preserve by a public road, but must be directly adjacent. Other breeding enclosures not contained within or directly adjacent to the hunting preserve are not covered under the privileges of this rule.

Captive Deer & Elk (Cervids) in Missouri Captive Cervids: Elk, elk-hybrids, red deer, roe deer, sika deer, white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, and related species in the Cervidae family, raised under confinement or agricultural conditions for the production of meat or other agricultural products or for sport or exhibition, and free-ranging cervidae when they are captured for any purpose.

The majority of farm-raised cervidae in Missouri are either Rocky Mountain elk, considered livestock which fall under the regulations of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, or White-tailed deer, wildlife, which fall under the regulations of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

For information concerning health requirements governing the admission of CWD status herds of Elk, elk-hybrids, red deer, roe deer, sika deer, white-tailed deer, mule deer, and moose sold, traded, exchanged, leased, donated, relinquished or otherwise involved in a change of ownership contact the Division of Animal Health at (573) 751-2267, or e-mail

Missouri provides more evidence against deer farming

Posted February 11, 2012 at 7:16 p.m

Tennessee politicians are reacting to the news that Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in captive and wild white-tailed deer in Missouri by trying to make it legal to have captive whitetails in Tennessee.

And that's not even the bad news.

While Rep. Frank Niceley is leading the charge to make it legal to farm deer in Tennessee, the information coming from the Show Me State should be a wake-up call in the state legislature.

But there's a reason politicians as a whole have approval ratings on about the same level as foot fungus.

Missouri's story is this: In 2010, the Missouri Department of Conservation found two cases of CWD in captive white-tailed deer at two private facilities. Both were pay-to-hunt preserves, one in Linn County and the other in Macon County.

Based on those two cases, the MDC decided to test deer killed by hunters during the 2011 season and took samples from 1,077 deer. Macon County just happens to be the most productive in Missouri for deer hunters.

Of the nearly 1,100 samples — roughly a fifth of all the deer killed in Macon County — two bucks were found to be infected with CWD. And as an oh-by-the-way, the two deer that had CWD were bagged not too far from where the disease was found in the captive deer.

According to MDOC, the two bucks were killed less than a mile apart and within two miles of the Heartland Wildlife Ranch, one of the facilities where CWD was found the year before. Since CWD is transmitted via feces, urine, saliva, nose-to-nose contact or other direct and indirect contact, all the bucks had to do was rub noses with an infected deer on the other side of the Heartland Wildlife Ranch fence.

Some biologists will say there's no link between captive deer and CWD. Most of those biologists are being paid by people who are desperate not to find a link between captive deer and CWD. But the vast majority of states where CWD has been found allow deer farming of one kind or another, and the vast majority of biologists believe the two go hand-in-hand.

Missouri will now implement a plan the Department of Conservation put in place in 2002 which includes more testing and a herd management strategy for the area where the disease has been found. In other states with a CWD problem, herd management has meant herd reduction, often by big numbers.

That's not any concern of Rep. Nicely or Sen. Becky Duncan Massey from Knoxville, who is sponsoring the bill on the Senate side. Niceley's deer farming bill was beaten back in the legislature last year — and was strongly opposed by deer hunters — and that has led to a feud between a handful of legislators and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission, the agency, backers of the agency, etc.

This year's deer-farming bill is much more wide open and less restrictive than the one that couldn't even get out of the Conservation or Agriculture subcommittees last year. The bill that goes before the full House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, skipping subcommittees altogether, leaves it up to the Department of Agriculture to set the rules and regulations for deer farmers/breeders. If Ag doesn't want any rules or regs, there won't be any.

Since Niceley is the chairman of the Agriculture Committee, its chances of getting to the House floor are pretty good.

But he and other supporters of deer farming in Tennessee say this is a jobs bill. They're right about that.

In Missouri, where the economic impact of deer farming has been negligible, according to recent media reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in talks with deer farmers/hunting preserve owners to buy them out and close the operations because of CWD.

Who says there's no money to be made from deer farming?

Commission Meeting: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission approved the 2012 special elk hunting season and the addition of a permit for one state resident youth to participate in the elk hunt.

TWRC met Thursday and Friday and decided to add one youth elk tag to the state's limited but popular elk season.

The youth hunt will be Oct. 20-21 following the five-day elk hunt Oct. 15-19. Again this year, four participants will be randomly drawn for the regular hunt and one elk tag will be auctioned off by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The drawing for the youth tag will take place after the general drawing.

The application process for the 2012 elk hunt will be held April 1-May 31.

Bob Hodge is a freelance contributor.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Tennessee Launches CWD Herd Certification Program in the wake of legislation for game farms

Monday, April 15, 2013

Deer farmers in the state of Louisiana are under a quarantine due to Chronic Wasting Disease CWD

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cervid Industry Unites To Set Direction for CWD Reform and seem to ignore their ignorance and denial in their role in spreading Chronic Wasting Disease

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Politicians ignore alarming CWD spike in Wyoming valley Wisconsin

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

*** A Growing Threat How deer breeding could put public trust wildlife at risk

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CWD Missouri remains confined to Linn-Macon-County Core Area with four new cases

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Missouri sixth case CWD documented northwest Macon County

Friday, October 21, 2011 Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Captive Deer Missouri October 20, 2011

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Captive Deer

The Missouri departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Health and Senior Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a captive white-tailed deer in Macon County, Missouri has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a neurological disease found in deer, elk and moose.


The animal that tested positive for CWD was a captive white-tailed deer inspected as part of the State's CWD surveillance and testing program. Preliminary tests were conducted by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.


In February 2010 a case of CWD was confirmed in Linn County on a captive hunting preserve operated by the same entity, Heartland Wildlife Ranches, LLC. The Linn County facility was depopulated and no further infection was identified at that facility. The current case was identified through increased surveillance required by the management plan implemented from the previous CWD incident.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Captive Deer Missouri

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CWD found in two free-ranging deer from Macon County Missouri

Friday, February 26, 2010

Chronic wasting disease found in Missouri deer

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Three more cases of CWD found in free-ranging deer in Macon County

From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 6:26 PM


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Subject: re-Missouri officials seek states' advice on chronic wasting disease in deer

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Missouri MDC staff will provide information on five recently found cases of CWD in free-ranging deer in northwest Macon County June 2, 2012

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Missouri MDC seeks hunters’ help when processing harvested deer and preventing CWD

Thursday, December 20, 2012

MISSOURI Initial CWD sampling test results available online from MDC so far one adult buck has tested positive for the disease

Friday, October 12, 2012

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is Now Accepting Comments on Rule Proposals for “Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)”

TO:; Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC)

Comment from Terry Singeltary

From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 12:24 PM


Subject: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program (Document ID APHIS-2011-0032-0001)

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program (Document ID APHIS-2011-0032-0001)

I believe that any voluntary program for CWD free herd certification from game farms will be futile, as was the partial and voluntary mad cow feed ban of August 4, 1997. That failed terribly, with some 10,000,000 of banned blood laced MBM being fed out in 2007, a decade post August 4, 1997 partial and voluntary ban.

Game farms are a petri dish for CWD TSE Prion disease, with Wisconsin having documented 9 CWD infected game farms, with one having the highest CWD infection rate in the world, 80% CWD infection rate.

I believe that all game farms should be SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY.

CWD TSE prion disease survives ashing to 600 degrees celsius, that’s around 1112 degrees farenheit.

you cannot cook the CWD TSE prion disease out of meat.

you can take the ash and mix it with saline and inject that ash into a mouse, and the mouse will go down with TSE.

Prion Infected Meat-and-Bone Meal Is Still Infectious after Biodiesel Production as well.

the TSE prion agent also survives Simulated Wastewater Treatment Processes.

IN fact, you should also know that the CWD TSE Prion agent will survive in the environment for years, if not decades.

you can bury it and it will not go away.

CWD TSE agent is capable of infected your water table i.e. Detection of protease-resistant cervid prion protein in water from a CWD-endemic area.

it’s not your ordinary pathogen you can just cook it out and be done with.

that’s what’s so worrisome about Iatrogenic mode of transmission, a simple autoclave will not kill this TSE prion agent.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Monday, January 16, 2012


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chronic Wasting Disease CWD cervids interspecies transmission

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Environmental Sources of Scrapie Prions

Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

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Bacliff, Texas USA 77518

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

USDA Establishes a Herd Certification Program for Chronic Wasting Disease in the United States



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