The North American Elk Breeders Association is excited to share more progress is being made in the cervid industry’s campaign to eliminate brucellosis import testing for all farmed cervids.

The Texas Animal Health Commission recently voted in favor of dropping their brucellosis testing requirement for farmed cervids that originate outside the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA). The rule change will become effective on June 12, 2019.

Texas now joins Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota and South Dakota as states that do not require the test for importation. Several other states are currently in the process of amending their administrative rules to drop the requirement.

This news is extremely important to NAEBA as two of the four largest import states for farmed elk have now eliminated the requirement.

Last fall, NAEBA, the Exotic Wildlife Association and the Texas Deer Association submitted a joint letter to the department in Austin to request the change. The letter followed the approved United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) resolution unanimously adopted urging state animal health officials to eliminate interstate Brucellosis testing requirements for cervids that was offered by the American Cervid Alliance.

The cervid industry thanks Dr. Andy Schwartz and the commissioners of the Texas Animal Health Commission for making this possible.