MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin farmers can soon be certified to move farmed or captive deer across state lines.
The Agriculture Department has received the approval to adopt a federal herd certification program for chronic wasting disease.
Wisconsin is the second state to implement federal rules for owners of farm-raised deer who choose to take part in the program, and move their animals into other states.
State veterinarian Bob Ehlenfeldt says Wisconsin has had its own herd status program for several years, and about 400 of the state’s 600 managed deer herds are in it. He says the transition to a federal program should be relatively smooth.
South Dakota is the only other state where the certification program is implemented.
Wisconsin farmers who want to participate must test all of their enrolled deer of one-year or older – complete a herd inventory – and attach two forms of ID’s that are unique to the animal. Those last two requirements must be completed by the end of 2015.
For more information, contact the state ag department.