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Old Aug 27th 2014, 12:08 PM   #1
 
  Sep 2012
  Clear Lake, Iowa


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We completed the depopulation of our herd this week. Research samples were taken on 356 of our animals thanks to Drs. Tracy Nicholas (USDA) and Nicholas Haley (Kansas). Hoping some knowledge about CWD will be gained from the efforts of many people, some that I may not even be aware of at the moment. Everyone involved worked with compassion and professionalism and an extreme amount of efficiency to complete this very large, difficult task.


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The bucks in this photo have been exposed to CWD for more than three years, the positive animal was taken in 2011, with positive brainstem and lymph node. *This photo was taken on August 18, 2014.


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A special thank you to Todd, Adam, Chad, Chuck, and Gary. Your work was invaluable to our cause, and we couldn't have done it without you.....
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Old Aug 27th 2014, 12:33 PM   #2
 
  Jan 2013
  NJ, deer are kept in PA
Wow Rhonda. I don't know what to say. Seeing that picture of your beautiful deer and the caption.... I had tears in my eyes. Good luck in these hard times!!
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Old Aug 27th 2014, 01:00 PM   #3
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  Apr 2014
  Greensburg, IN
Thanks!!!
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Old Aug 27th 2014, 10:16 PM   #4
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  Feb 2013
  Markleville IN


Rhonda,


I am so sorry, I know how hard this has been on you and Tom.* No words can make you feel better only time.* Its not right but had to be done.* Hopefully some knowledge will be gained from the testing.*
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 05:15 AM   #5
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  Oct 2011
  Columbia City, IN


It's still BS, all the way around, but you will come out on top! Keep the Faith!
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 05:32 AM   #6
 
  Sep 2012
  Clear Lake, Iowa
Thanks everyone...heart aches but we are hoping justice will prevail in both the DNR and Ag litigations in District court. The USDA was good to us all around. It was the state politics that kept getting in the way. They have cured us of ever wanting to have livestock in the state of Iowa. For now, we will pick up the pieces removing interior fences, trees, waterers, fawn barrels, food troughs, feed bins, sheds, and trees. What cannot be burned will be removed as required. Once it no longer looks like our deer pen, things will improve.
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 06:45 AM   #7
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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Thanks everyone...heart aches but we are hoping justice will prevail in both the DNR and Ag litigations in District court. The USDA was good to us all around. It was the state politics that kept getting in the way. They have cured us of ever wanting to have livestock in the state of Iowa. For now, we will pick up the pieces removing interior fences, trees, waterers, fawn barrels, food troughs, feed bins, sheds, and trees. What cannot be burned will be removed as required. Once it no longer looks like our deer pen, things will improve. How's that go....kick me when I'm down......




Just crazy to think anyone in this country would have to go through this. I think i would be in jail myself. Payment is fine for a small part but will never replace the everyday lifestyle and enjoyment. I would lift roots and move to Texas myself! Has anyone seen what stockers sell for there that we cant get an even close fair price for here? LOL...Its crazy but kudos to them. **


Just a thought that i am sure i know the answer to....Can you even sell the wire to another farmer in your state or is that what they say is..Infected..and has to be melted down? So Sorry Rhonda and Family!
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 07:22 AM   #8
 
  Sep 2012
  Clear Lake, Iowa
Mike, All the wire and metal have to be melted down in recycling......
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 10:40 AM   #9
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Mike, All the wire and metal have to be melted down in recycling......




Go figure!!! * Just Amazed!!!!
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 11:03 AM   #10
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  Apr 2014
  Greensburg, IN
They need to start testing all the hay exported from out west for prions. If a prion is found the entire crop should be burned along with all the hay equipment and the semis that were used to hall it with that ridiculous logic.
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 11:21 AM   #11
 
  Sep 2012
  Clear Lake, Iowa
Well lets just hope that CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) threat to stop grain producers in CWD endemic from selling their crops makes it's way south. If we get the grain producers of the US behind us, I guarantee that the only acceptable deer (those that are actually monitored and tested) in the US will be behind fence! And who will the Ryan Sabelow's of the hype and hysteria media world have to blame for not having any deer in the wild to hunt?
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 02:08 PM   #12
 
  Feb 2011
  Pierre SD


Rhonda, You are exactly right, that's what I've been thinking for the last 4 years as the numbers crash because of the gross DNR mismanagement. I've also always thought once they*figure out*that prions can travel in the feed matter and these other countries find out, it will be the end to the wild deer in agricultural areas. The high fence places will be the only ones left with "clean" deer. This is the reason I started raising them to begin with, to preserve for my kids what I've been able to grow up with before it's gone. The numbers in our state have hit the point of fawn recruitment being less then the number being killed every year by predators, human and wild animals alike. Once you start going backwards, it's nearly impossible to turn it around unless you completely stopped deer hunting and got rid of most of the coyotes and mountain lions*and we all know this will never happen.
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 03:22 PM   #13
 
  Sep 2012
  Clear Lake, Iowa
Sorry to hear, Cody. Some just can't see the forest through the trees until they are burned to the ground. Wildlife has no one to blame but themselves if that nightmare would come true.


Look at Wind Cave for example, they have had CWD documented since 1998 (16 years). Reporting 45 positives out of 140 samples. In spite of the prevelance of CWD for 16 years the herd continued to thrive and over populate.



They released 500 of their animals into the wild just after we killed all of ours in 2013. We've killed more than they set free between both of our properties.
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Old Aug 28th 2014, 03:30 PM   #14
 
  Nov 2010
  Lanesboro, Minnesota


With the CFIA talking about not allowing grain movement out of endemic areas, this should be an eye opener to every one. *Also with the research paper out of U of W stating that prions can be uptaken in to corn and alfalfa also adds fuel to the fire. *The question will be soon asked, *"Can we afford the wild deer herd any longer?" *"Can we allow the wild deer to run willy-nilly across the landscape spreading prions on our richest farm land, threatening our food supply and export ability of cereal *grains?" *These wild deer could be polluting our farmland for over 20 years, according to the DNR. *Maybe ALL deer should be behind fences!!!! * At least our deer can be controlled and monitored behind a fence.


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The articles that the Ryan Sabalow's have written can be flipped to condemn the wild deer herd to death. *They think they are cunningly writing investigative stories about our industry, trying expose "made up" or "hyped" threats that we may present. *But in fact they are building the case to condemn the wild herd to extinction. The trouble is Ryan Sabalow is too stupid to know that he may be doing the exact opposite of what he is trying to do. *Ryan Sabalow in fact maybe condemning the wild deer herd. *


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Look what happened to the beef industry with just 1 case of BSE in the US over 10 years ago. *It took years to get our beef exports back from some of the Asian countries, in fact Mexico just started buying beef last year. *All this over 1 case in cattle almost 15 years ago. *What happens if these countries think our grain supply is contaminated with prions? *With politics in the world, being what they are today, don't you think other countries are just looking for excuses to embargo our products. *Our own outdoor writers and DNR's are making the case for them. *


Remember the cases in Texas, where the HSUS lady said, on 60 minutes, that she would rather see these animals go extinct than to be hunted? * She lobbied hard for the law to make it illegal to harvest these endangered animals from Africa. * HSUS wants to eliminate hunting. *If these people think the wild deer are also jeopardizing our food supply, don't you think they will lobby to get rid of the wild deer, thus also getting rid of hunting. *Killing two birds with one stone.


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I think the outdoor writers and DNR"s should tone down their rhetoric, or there could be consequences they never thought of.


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Just something to think about.


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Old Aug 30th 2014, 08:56 AM   #15
 
  Jul 2014
  Waveland, Misissippi


Good morning Rhonda and it was great talking with you last week. Its really sad to see it end this way and having all your records and info in order for inspections get put through this. That nut case Singleterry with his smart as comments to you guys on the questionable deer management asso forum*was way out of line and there is no apology you can make for a guy with a severe OCD self induced paranoid problem*that only blogs and spams others info he pulls from the web, I stated one time and gave him open invite to sit inn a meet and greet media covered room and see how tough and smart*he is with out his google search button to push and as always he runs and replies with a childish remark to redirect the attention. But I know we talked about feed and hay and several other subjects and the old sheep grazing that was done for years up your way from the 1800s to the 1950s and when I get some more complete time lines through archive research I will forward this info to you.* Hope that the samples taken are going to be used for more modern research and not based on* Prusniers method.
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