After five days of committee and board meetings at the United States Animal Health Association conference (USAHA), industry leaders believe it was a successful meeting for the cervid industry. This conference is an opportunity to build relationships with state and national health officials as well as those representing the wildlife community.
This conference marked the second meeting of the Committee on Diseases of Farmed Cervidae. The adoption of three important resolutions for the industry were also achieved. Two of the resolutions pertained to Chronic Wasting Disease. The first resolution requests the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Services (ARS) to evaluate the potential diversity of CWD strains. This is not currently being performed in the United States, but is being performed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The second resolution encourages USDA , Agricultural Research Services (ARS) to fund research efforts to identify CWD susceptibility in different genotypes and the role they have on transmission of disease.
The third resolution related to TB policy urges USDA, ARS evaluate the Dual Path Platform (TB Blood test) to be used as an individual animal test in farmed cervidae for interstate commerce. As a reminder, last year USAHA passed a resolution requesting APHIS  to consider TB herd certification testing intervals be extended from three to five years. Both requests will be considered while USDA APHIS develops a new federal TB rule.
The attendance at this conference by the cervid industry is essential in building strong relationships with state and federal health officials as well as wildlife representatives. This is one of the most important events for the industry.  The American Cervid Alliance strongly encourages its member associations to select a representative to join USAHA and attend next year’s conference.  All the industry leaders that attend this conference know first hand how important this convention is to the our industry. Next year’s conference will be held in late October in Providence, Rhode Island.
SOURCE: American Cervid Alliance