Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Iowa Brakke Family Farmed CWD livestock update July 3, 2013

Iowa CWD Crisis Update
July 3, 2013
330 Acres Quarantined until December 2017; Litigation Scheduled for Late Summer
The American Cervid Alliance would like to offer an update regarding the ongoing CWD crisis in Iowa since last summer. Tom & Rhonda Brakke, owners of Pine Ridge Lodge, originally found a positive CWD buck in their hunting ranch in July 2012.
By January 31, 2013, all animals were depopulated and tested in compliance with the Iowa DNR Agreement. Also according the agreement, the decontamination procedures were followed and completed during the first week of April. Pine Ridge was responsible for expenses incurred from the testing, storage of carcasses in reefer, disposal, and decontamination. These procedures were directly ordered as suggested by Part B of the CWD Standards working document. Part of the decontamination process was the removal of 4 inches of top soil in areas of their farm and other requirements consistent with standards working document Version 22.
According to the Brakke’s, without any options provided to maintain breeder or preserve facility operations to generate income, the Brakke’s legal representatives contacted the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Iowa DNR to discuss future options for the preserve property. Because there were no options provided by the state, the Brakke's canceled their hunting preserve license and 30 days later opened the gates planning to remove the fences. The Brakke’s stated their intentions to remove the fence were to generate income from the property. During that 30 day cancelation time period, they were not contacted by the Iowa DNR or IDALS.
On June 6, 2013, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) served an Emergency Order stating that the preserve is subject to quarantine and among other things, requiring the Brakke’s to close the gates and maintain the fence. The emergency order stated the Brakke’s eight foot fence must remain in place and maintained until December 28, 2017. The date is based off five years after the last positive was found.
The Brakke’s are involved in a contested case proceeding with the IDALS regarding their breed facility animals. In the proceeding with IDALS, the Brakke’s are seeking to set aside the quarantines issued by IDALS and if such quarantines are not set aside, they are seeking appropriate compensation from the state for the loss of their property. The contested case hearing with IDALS is set for August, 2013.
The Iowa DNR is requesting open access to the Brakke’s 330 acre property for a period of 4 weeks in order to destroy any wild cervids that have entered the property. The Brakke’s are challenging the DNR’s actions and request. In addition, the Brakke’s are seeking appropriate compensation from the state should the DNR’s action be upheld. Due to the Emergency Order, the Brakke’s expect at least a portion of the issues involving DNR will be heard by an administrative law judge on July 3rd, and possibly a full hearing on the merits at a later date.
ABOUT the Brakkes and CWD in Iowa ;
State Issues Iowa: On July 26, 2012, Iowa breeders Tom & Rhonda Brakke were notified of a positive case of CWD from an animal taken during their harvest season in December 2011. Their herd was CWD monitored for ten years and remained a closed herd for more than ten years. The Iowa Department of Agriculture quarantined their breeding herd of 450 animals and their 330 acre hunting preserve for a minimum of five years. The Brakke's entered into an agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the 330 acre hunting facility to allow them to accommodate the hunters that had made arrangements to hunt with them during the 2012 hunting season. In this agreement, the Brakke's purchased a reefer trailer, paid for 50% of the electric standoff fence surrounding the preserve, and paid for 100% of the CWD testing for all animals harvested. They were allowed to purchase animals from other breeders and harvest those that were already on the property. All animals are to be harvested on the preserve property no later than January 31, 2013. To date, 170 of animals from the preserve have been tested and they have found two positives, both bucks.
Effective January 1, 2012, the USDA has dropped all CWD indemnity and declared their lack of understanding and scientific knowledge for CWD. The Brakke's have raised whitetail deer for twenty years with more than $2.5 million invested in the industry.
The Brakke's met with the IA Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on several occasions in hopes of developing a plan to depopulate their breeding herd and were unsuccessful. It was their intent to obtain indemnity for their herd through their hunting preserve with control factors to mitigate the risk of spreading the disease. The IA Department of Agriculture will not accept live rectal biopsy testing, as the test is not approved by the USDA and the Iowa DNR hunting preserve regulations include language that all deer must come from CWD free herds. It is their belief that the Brakke's should pay to destroy their own herd, pay for the testing and clean-up, which includes removing 2" of top soil on the entire property. The Brakke's are currently spending $3,000 per week to feed their animals and are quarantined for five years. Because they were not able to come to an agreement, the Brakke's recently entered into litigation with the state of Iowa for compensation for the breeding herd. The suit should reach the courts in Summer 2013.
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
Friday, September 21, 2012
Chronic Wasting Disease CWD raises concerns about deer farms in Iowa
Updated: 21 September 2012 | 6:30 am
Disease raises concerns about deer farms in Iowa
Most cases found so far in state tied to confined animals
Iowa’s first seven cases of chronic wasting disease — all directly related to confined whitetail deer — have put a bull’s eye on the backs of the state’s deer breeders and the pay-to-shoot facilities they supply.
see video ;
Iowa residents raise concern about CWD
by Monisha Bruner
Posted: 10.02.2012 at 10:25 PM
OTTUMWA, IOWA -- It’s the first formal public meeting since chronic wasting disease was found in Iowa, and residents were not too pleased about it.
Hundreds of residents attended Tuesday night’s meeting in Ottumwa, and many questioned why this was the first meeting on the topic.
They were told because the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and lawmakers had to go over several things first.
CWD was discovered in captive deer in pens in three counties: Davis County, Cerro Gordo County and Pottawattamie County.
It appears all three cases are a result of deer being transferred from a breeding pen owned by Tom Brakke in Cerro Gordo County.
The Department of Agriculture has quarantined several other pens around Iowa that have deer from Brakke's facility.
Iowa State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield said this was an important meeting.
“(The) responsibilities between the breeding pens and the preserves are divided,” Hanson said. “So, we need to have some openness and discussion about what's happening and (the) purpose of this meeting is to find out what's really being done, what can be done, what we need to plan for and if there needs to be different legislation enacted.
When one resident asked if Iowa needs new legislation, one official said "yes."
Iowa’s first case of CWD was found July 16, 2012.
Officials said that, as of Tuesday, there is a 3 wire electric fence around the deer that are being quarantined so they don't spread the disease to wild deer.
Officials also said all the deer will die at the pen by the end of January 2013.
I think mr. brakke could handle a little loss. He owns brakke implement out of clear lake plus he has 3 deer farms!! I think its time to shut it down!
Iowa recorded its first CWD case in July at the Pine Ridge Hunting Lodge near Bloomfield in Davis County.
The Department of Natural Resources, which regulates hunting preserves, and the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, which regulates breeding facilities, have since confirmed six more positive tests — all but two related to the Davis County hunting preserve and to a Cerro Gordo County deer breeding facility, both owned by Tom and Rhonda Brakke of Clear Lake.
The Clear Lake facility has recorded a positive test, as have three deer raised at that facility and shipped to a combination shooting and breeding facility in Pottawattamie County, according to State Veterinarian David Schmitt.
The other two positive tests at the Pottawattamie facility involved a deer acquired from another Iowa breeder and a deer that was a natural addition to the herd, Schmitt said. ...snip
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
A Growing Threat How deer breeding could put public trust wildlife at risk
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The New Hornographers: The Fight Over the Future of Texas Deer
interesting article ;
Max Dream, the Madera Bonita Ranch's prized buck, is a semen-producing cash cow. Mike Wood
Max Dream, the Madera Bonita Ranch's prized buck, is a semen-producing cash cow.
In magazine advertisements in which Max is backlit in messianic grandeur, his value can be determined in other ways. Wood sells half-cubic-centimeter straws of the animal's cryogenically frozen semen (or about a tenth of a teaspoon) for $5,000 a pop. And breeders will pony up just for a shot at a fawn boasting the great Max Dream as sire. Bear in mind, a buck in his prime with an electroejaculator inserted in his rectum can produce 60 straws at a time.
Though Max never leaves the confines of Madera Bonita, FedEx spreads his cryogenically frozen seed far and wide.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The New Hornographers: The Fight Over the Future of Texas Deer
Saturday, February 11, 2012
PrPSc Detection and Infectivity in Semen from Scrapie-Infected Sheep
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The New Hornographers: The Fight Over the Future of Texas Deer, Captive shooting pens, and the CWD TSE prion disease
My name is Terry S. Singeltary Sr., and I wish to submit this data on Chronic Wasting Disease CWD in Cervids, and risk factors there from.
AS a layperson, I have wasted 15 years daily (it seems at times), going from state to state, country to country, warning of this dreaded disease. not to many folks listened.
It’s mostly a political disease, spread by political and industry greed.
I lost my mother to the Heidenhain Variant of the Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease hvCJD, a rare subtype of the sporadic CJDs in humans, and these phenotypes are mounting, and they are of unknown origin, and NOT simply a happenstance of bad luck, or a funked out twisted protein that just happen to make this twist on it’s own, this in 85%+ of all human TSE disease i.e. sCJD, thus, I will never believe this hypothesis. in other words, the UKBSEnvCJD only theory was trash.
I came across this thread, and thought I must respond.
please use this science and information as you wish. I simply wanted to share, the rest of the story here about the cwd tse prion disease.
the shooting pen livestock industry will not like what I have to say, and what science I present.
Chronic Wasting Disease CWD, and other TSE prion disease, these TSE prions know no borders.
these TSE prions know no age restrictions.
The TSE prion disease survives ashing to 600 degrees celsius, that’s around 1112 degrees farenheit.
you cannot cook the 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 TSE Prion agent will survive in the environment for years, if not decades.
you can bury it and it will not go away.
The 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.
I go from state to state trying to warn of the CWD and other TSE prion disease in other species, I just made a promise to mom. back then, there was no information.
so, I submit this to you all in good faith, and hope that you take the time to read my research of the _sound_, peer review science, not the junk science that goes with the politics $$$
right or left or teaparty or independent, you cannot escape the TSE prion disease.
there is a lot of science here to digest, but better digesting this _sound_ science, instead of the junk political science you will hear from the shooting pen industry.
I don’t care what you eat, whom you eat, or what party you are affiliated with, my problem is, when you consume these TSE prions, and then go enter the medical, surgical, dental, blood and tissue arena, then you risk exposing _me or MY_ family to the TSE prion disease via friendly fire, the pass it forward mode of transmission mission, or what they call iatrogenic CJD. all iatrogenic CJD is, is sporadic CJD, until the route and source of the TSE prion agent is proven.
I am NOT anti-hunter, I am or was a hunter (disabled with neck injury and other medical problems), I am a meat eater.
I just don’t care for stupid, and sometimes you just can’t fix stupid, Lord knows I have tried.
I do NOT advertise on these blogs, they are there for educational use. please read the science, maybe read it again, try and understand it, most is not rocket science, and then you have to make your own decisions, but it’s just good when your making these decisions about CWD, policy making there from, that you have all the science, and not just part of it.
I have much to say, there is over 15 years of daily research of the science, updated, transmission studies, FOIA requests, confidential documents, dockets submissions, and more on the CWD, TSE, prion disease. so instead of posting a million pages of data on this, I have put this science in different blogs. please sort by topics of your concern, and then _please_ read the source data, where these studies were done, and what they consisted of. I do not pretend to know everything, and I am not here pretending this, I simply am here to try and educate, with what I have learned over the past 15+ years of daily research and debate on this topic of CWD, TSE prion, aka mad cow type disease.
now the shooting pen owners, the sperm mills, antler mills, captive livestock breeders, they all will be up in arms over this post, then you will have others say that I am a scare monger, a tree hugger, a vegan, anti this and that. I am none of these. you will ultimately have to make your own minds up. ...
Good Luck !
we will start here, my submission to the state of Missouri recently ;
My submission as follows ;
I guess we will start with the question, how much money can one state afford for one CWD infected game farm, and the ramifications there from ?
I will list one example here ;
how many states have $465,000., and can quarantine and purchase there from, each cwd said infected farm, but how many states can afford this for all the cwd infected cervid game ranch type farms ???
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The CWD infection rate was nearly 80%, the highest ever in a North American captive herd.
RECOMMENDATION: That the Board approve the purchase of 80 acres of land for $465,000 for the Statewide Wildlife Habitat Program in Portage County and approve the restrictions on public use of the site.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
atypical, BSE, CWD, Scrapie, Captive Farmed shooting pens (livestock), Wild Cervids, Rectal Mucosa Biopsy 2012 USAHA Proceedings, and CJD TSE prion Update
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
please see what the U.K. DEFRA recently said ABOUT CWD RISK FACTORS ;
Friday, December 14, 2012
DEFRA U.K. What is the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease CWD being introduced into Great Britain? A Qualitative Risk Assessment October 2012
In the USA, under the Food and Drug Administration’s BSE Feed Regulation (21 CFR 589.2000) most material (exceptions include milk, tallow, and gelatin) from deer and elk is prohibited for use in feed for ruminant animals. With regards to feed for non-ruminant animals, under FDA law, CWD positive deer may not be used for any animal feed or feed ingredients. For elk and deer considered at high risk for CWD, the FDA recommends that these animals do not enter the animal feed system. However, this recommendation is guidance and not a requirement by law.
Animals considered at high risk for CWD include:
1) animals from areas declared to be endemic for CWD and/or to be CWD eradication zones and
2) deer and elk that at some time during the 60-month period prior to slaughter were in a captive herd that contained a CWD-positive animal.
Therefore, in the USA, materials from cervids other than CWD positive animals may be used in animal feed and feed ingredients for non-ruminants.
The amount of animal PAP that is of deer and/or elk origin imported from the USA to GB can not be determined, however, as it is not specified in TRACES. It may constitute a small percentage of the 8412 kilos of non-fish origin processed animal proteins that were imported from US into GB in 2011.
Overall, therefore, it is considered there is a __greater than negligible risk___ that (nonruminant) animal feed and pet food containing deer and/or elk protein is imported into GB.
There is uncertainty associated with this estimate given the lack of data on the amount of deer and/or elk protein possibly being imported in these products.
36% in 2007 (Almberg et al., 2011). In such areas, population declines of deer of up to 30 to 50% have been observed (Almberg et al., 2011). In areas of Colorado, the prevalence can be as high as 30% (EFSA, 2011).
The clinical signs of CWD in affected adults are weight loss and behavioural changes that can span weeks or months (Williams, 2005). In addition, signs might include excessive salivation, behavioural alterations including a fixed stare and changes in interaction with other animals in the herd, and an altered stance (Williams, 2005). These signs are indistinguishable from cervids experimentally infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
Given this, if CWD was to be introduced into countries with BSE such as GB, for example, infected deer populations would need to be tested to differentiate if they were infected with CWD or BSE to minimise the risk of BSE entering the human food-chain via affected venison.
The rate of transmission of CWD has been reported to be as high as 30% and can approach 100% among captive animals in endemic areas (Safar et al., 2008).
In summary, in endemic areas, there is a medium probability that the soil and surrounding environment is contaminated with CWD prions and in a bioavailable form. In rural areas where CWD has not been reported and deer are present, there is a greater than negligible risk the soil is contaminated with CWD prion.
In summary, given the volume of tourists, hunters and servicemen moving between GB and North America, the probability of at least one person travelling to/from a CWD affected area and, in doing so, contaminating their clothing, footwear and/or equipment prior to arriving in GB is greater than negligible. For deer hunters, specifically, the risk is likely to be greater given the increased contact with deer and their environment. However, there is significant uncertainty associated with these estimates.
Therefore, it is considered that farmed and park deer may have a higher probability of exposure to CWD transferred to the environment than wild deer given the restricted habitat range and higher frequency of contact with tourists and returning GB residents.
snip... see full text report here ;
Friday, December 14, 2012
DEFRA U.K. What is the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease CWD being introduced into Great Britain? A Qualitative Risk Assessment October 2012
snip...see my full submission to the state of Missouri on CWD here ;
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Missouri House forms 13-member Interim Committee on the Cause and Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease CWD
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The New Hornographers: The Fight Over the Future of Texas Deer, Captive shooting pens, and the CWD TSE prion disease
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
National Rifle Association and the Unified Sportsman of Florida support a Florida ban on the importation of captive deer and cervids into Florida
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
Monday, June 24, 2013
The Effects of Chronic Wasting Disease on the Pennsylvania Cervid Industry Following its Discovery
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Could avian scavengers translocate infectious prions to disease-free areas initiating new foci of chronic wasting disease?
Prion. 2013 Jul 3;7(4). [Epub ahead of print]
Thursday, June 20, 2013
atypical, BSE, CWD, Scrapie, Captive Farmed shooting pens (livestock), Wild Cervids, Rectal Mucosa Biopsy 2012 USAHA Proceedings, and CJD TSE prion Update
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Intranasal Inoculation of White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) with Lyophilized Chronic Wasting Disease Prion Particulate Complexed to Montmorillonite Clay Research Article
Friday, February 08, 2013
*** Behavior of Prions in the Environment: Implications for Prion Biology
please remember, captive cervids are now considered _livestock_ $$$
Final Rule: Traceability for Livestock Moved Interstate January 11, 2013 Summary of General Requirements by Species Effective Date: March 11, 2013 The Traceability for Livestock Moved Interstate rule establishes minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. The species covered in the rule include cattle and bison, sheep and goats, swine, horses and other equines, captive cervids (e.g., deer and elk), and poultry. The covered animals moved interstate, unless otherwise exempt, would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (ICVI) or other movement document. The requirements do not apply to livestock moving:
Sunday, July 21, 2013
*** As Chronic Wasting Disease CWD rises in deer herd, what about risk for humans?
Friday, December 14, 2012
IOWA Second Deer Positive for CWD at Davis County Hunting Preserve Captive Shooting Pen
Friday, September 21, 2012
Chronic Wasting Disease CWD raises concerns about deer farms in Iowa
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Agreement Reached with Owner to De-Populate CWD Deer at Davis County Hunting Preserve Iowa
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Additional Facility in Pottawatamie County Iowa Under Quarantine for CWD after 5 deer test positive
Friday, July 20, 2012
CWD found for first time in Iowa at hunting preserve


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