Payment to Change for CWD Testing of Farmed Cervids
Minnesota Ag Connection - 11/22/2019
Starting Jan. 1, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health will only pay for testing of farmed cervids by sample collectors that are authorized by the Board or are working toward authorization. The Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will have a list of authorized CWD sample collectors from the Board.
If you are not on the list of authorized collectors, the lab will require you to pay for the samples before they are processed.
The Board believes improved CWD surveillance is critical for the farmed cervid program, and will continue to support only those sample collectors that have invested the additional effort and time to become authorized and agree to follow the requirements for authorization.
In 2019, the Board implemented the CWD Sample Collector authorization program to improve CWD surveillance in Minnesota farmed cervids and respond to a recommendation from a farmed cervid program audit by the legislature to 'develop an approval program for producers that wish to collect their own CWD test samples.'