Cervids, such as deer, elk, and moose, are a $3 billion industry in the United States. There are many opportunities for farms to raise deer, but proper care and health management is critical.
Recently the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) hosted Dr. Douglas Wagner of Newport Labs to discuss the topic with NYSDAM veterinarians. The recording was made available to provide a resource for farmers and veterinarians.
During this presentation, Dr. Wagner introduces and provides an overview of the “captive cervid industry” in the U.S., including husbandry, handling, reproduction, stocking density and biosecurity. He also discusses the most economically important diseases and parasites of captive cervids, and a system for producers and veterinarians to use when determining herd specific vaccination and deworming protocols, with good husbandry standards and biosecurity as the cornerstone.