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Old Mar 21st 2010, 06:53 PM   #1
  Apr 2009
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.- Friday the Missouri Departments of Agriculture and Conservation announced that tests of 50 captive deer sampled in Linn County showed no signs of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Tests were conducted by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. The Department of Conservation continues to test a sampling of free-ranging deer within a five-mile radius of the 800-acre tract where the initial CWD-positive white-tailed deer was located.

“The Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and USDA have worked cooperatively in putting an aggressive and effective plan in place and quickly executing that plan,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Taylor Woods. “The sampling and negative test results should reassure the public that the infection does not appear widespread.”

This great news, Missouri has already begun moving deer again and this should open up all avenues even faster.
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Old Mar 21st 2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
Great news Eric! Thanks for the update.
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Old Mar 21st 2010, 07:26 PM   #3
  Apr 2009
  Gillett WI
Great News Eric,

Thanks for the update and all who helped in this time of need.

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Old Mar 21st 2010, 07:31 PM   #4
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  Apr 2009
  Bedford, PA
Awesome news Eric!!! Wishing everyone in the state and those that helped all the best!
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Old Mar 22nd 2010, 05:30 AM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  West Salem, Ohio

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This is great news but troubles me as to why we still know so little about how CWD is transmitted and is obviously not fatal and or contagious as we have been led to believe???
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Old Mar 22nd 2010, 05:54 AM   #6
  Apr 2009
  Fountain, MN
Actually....when you think about it, the test is more fatal than the disease!
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Old Mar 22nd 2010, 06:45 AM   #7
  Apr 2009
  Nowata, OK
LOL.... very true Ike... very true.... Thats great news. Thanks for the update Eric
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Old Mar 22nd 2010, 01:13 PM   #8
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
Ikoff, They have not had enough time............The only vaccination right now for it is a KILLER CURE!...................But its probably going to be in the new health care package since it's going to be a cure all! They probably will come out with a reverser for thier original cure!
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Old Mar 22nd 2010, 04:18 PM   #9
  Aug 2009
  Everett, PA
We are so thankful things are looking up for all you Missouri breeders. I met some very nice breeders from Missouri at NADeFA and we all hope you the best.
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Old Mar 22nd 2010, 05:10 PM   #10
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  Apr 2009
  Burlington, West Virginia

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Great news Missouri.
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Old Apr 2nd 2010, 08:42 AM   #11
  Oct 2009
  Linneus, MO
The MDC said there test of 153 wild deer were all clear. Now we will see what happens next.
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Old Apr 2nd 2010, 12:57 PM   #12
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  Apr 2009
  Defiance, MO

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Can you say OOPS.
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Old Apr 2nd 2010, 06:06 PM   #13
  Apr 2009
  north, Hopkins Co., Tx.
Can you say "Show Me State!!"
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Old Apr 3rd 2010, 06:18 PM   #14
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  Apr 2009
  Columbia, MO

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It is amazing that 203 healthy deer had to die because of this bogus positive test. This seems to be the only fatal part of this disease! I’m trying to think of another disease where we have to kill off healthy animals to look for it and I can’t think of any. Can anybody help me on this one? Step back and think about this! CWD has killed a VERY small number of whitetail deer, if any. While the process of looking for the disease has killed thousands.

When considering this case along with the Michigan and Minnesota cases, the evidence seems to point to the occurrence of a “rouge positive”. Regardless of whether it is natural or “man made” we are building up some very serious data that points in the exact opposite direction of what we’ve been told for the last 10 years.

As I’ve said before, this data can statistically prove that either:

The CWD test is not 100% accurate.

CWD or the folded prions that indicate CWD are naturally occurring in a very small percentage of the population and may not lead to death. These prions may be formed by some environmental occurrence in the soil.

Most whitetail deer are probably genetically resistance to the folded prions or CWD disease much like most sheep are now genetically resistant to scrapes.

IN most cases, these folded prions are not at all contagious. This one is obvious by the results in these 3 states. Of course that’s only the case if you believe in the test.

Although this appears to be over, it is far from it. We as a state have been sucker punched helped up, and checked out to be somewhat OK. However we still have many valued producers that have problems and we expect retribution from someone and at the very least an explanation for the reason for the punch. We will be looking for answers and trying to figure out what we can do to make things right for our breeders and make sure this doesn’t keep happening. If you are ignoring this, you may be next! And if you are not helping, by remaining silent, then you are hurting!

There are some states that are still not allowing Missouri deer in from certain breeders to close to the positive. And Indiana wont even let any animals in. We all know this is completely bogus. There is no risk! We are in these monitoring programs for a reason. So that we know we can move deer. These programs should protect us from this occurrence! If you are a breeder from any of the states that are defining areas or from Indiana we would like to see some pressure from the inside. Some written letters would be nice stating you do not support the bans. Let the people in your state and the Missouri Breeders know how you feel.

Everyone knows how I feel on open borders and an even playing field for all breeders. If you live in state that is not allowing deer in from Missouri, ask yourself this (Indiana, Michigan, Texas). Would I like to be able to continue to sell to Missouri? Should I be happy with an unfair trade advantage where I can take advantage in the short run but hurt everyone in the long run! I wander how many deer come in from Indiana to shooting ranches in Missouri each year? Image if the shoe was on the other foot?

We we be working on this problem and look forward to hearing from some of the organizations from the other states. THANKS IN ADVANCE!
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Old Apr 3rd 2010, 07:08 PM   #15
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  Apr 2009
  Northeast Wisconsin

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We know exactly how you feel - Indiana won't let deer in from WI either, as well as MI and TX. We've been in this boat for 8 years now and despite the best efforts some things don't seem to be changing.
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