The North American Deer Farmers (NADeFA) has worked for years with researchers on developing an efficacious, targeted, and adaptable vaccine to protect the North American deer farming community from EHD, and now the association has announced that Medgene Labs will introduce the results of the new vaccine at the upcoming 2019 NADeFA Conference held this month in Tulsa, Okla.

Working closely with NADeFA members, Medgene Labs — an immunological services provider based in South Dakota — has had a successful test of their EHD vaccine which measured significant antibody levels against the targeted EHD virus. Medgene Labs’ Alan Young, PhD and Chief Technology Officer, Brian Huseman DVM and Ashley (Peterson) Swanhorst,  R&D Clinical Lead, will be attending the NADeFA Conference to provide details about the new vaccine.

“Over the past five years, we have been working with NADeFA members to develop a strong vaccine against EHD,” says NADeFA Executive Director Shawn Schafer. “Medgene Labs has provided a great partnership in developing a vaccine, and we’re nearing the end of this process. We’re making a full presentation of our data at the 2019 NADeFA Conference, and we look forward to working with our members to evaluate the new vaccine in the field.”

The NADeFA Conference will be held on March 13, 2019, through March 16, 2019, at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel in downtown Tulsa, Okla. The annual event will welcome deer farmers and industry professionals from across North America, and host exciting fund-raising auctions, educational seminars and venison competition.

“We’re very pleased with the vaccine’s results and our partnership with Medgene,” adds Schafer. “Medgene remains dedicated to working with the deer farmers to produce products that supports the industry.”

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Founded in 1983, 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. 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.