Kansas Dept of Ag to Allow KCBA Members CWD Collection Practice
June 26, 2013
Sample Collection Practice will be held at Summer Shrimp Boil Meeting
The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) will allow attendees of the KCBA 2013 Summer Shrimp Boil the opportunity to collect brain samples from sheep heads. The meeting will take place on July 13, 2013.
Last year, due to federal funding cuts within the CWD budget, CWD sample collection expenses have been passed on to the state level and individual producers across the nation. Officials from KDA have offered the opportunity to train individual breeders to collect their own samples to reduce the amount of expenses that would be absorbed by cervid farmers.
The opportunity for elk and deer breeders to learn to collect their own samples can save the breeders a lot of money opposed to having to be forced to pay local veterinarians. Breeders still do have the opportunity to pay local veterinarians if they so choose, but the collection expense will come out of their pocket.
KDA’s Dr Paul Grosdider will lead the collection class at the meeting to give breeders hands-on experience. KCBA President Ken Anderson said, “I think this is a great opportunity for our members to learn ways to save collection costs. I hope everyone takes advantage of it.”
State veterinarians will still collect samples at major slaughter facilities. In all scenarios, the producer is responsible for the $40 testing fee from the lab.
Dr Grosdidier also plans to have official metal ID tags (NUES Tags) and pliers for application available to distribute during the meeting so breeders can officially identify their animals the first time they handle them.
The KCBA meeting will be held at Muddy Creek Whitetails in Meriden, Kansas, on July 13, 2013.
Please visit www.kansascervidbreeders.com for more information about the meeting.
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