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Old Jan 26th 2012, 04:16 AM   #16
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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If they came back positive they could always fall back on the old test they have been using for years. They would have 2 ways to test. I guess they have that now its just that they need to pass the blood test. Im not sure why they would not pass it if it works and they still do have the old shave the neck trick to come back on!!!
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Old Jan 26th 2012, 09:33 AM   #17
 
  Nov 2011
  Warriors Mark, PA
I hope you're right Mike. I heard that the blood test supersedes the skin prick; they won't overrule a blood test with a skin prick. It's just what I heard from a vet- I hope it's wrong. If what I heard is true, I won't use the blood test- it's not worth the risk- a false positive would cost us a deer.
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Old Jan 26th 2012, 02:49 PM   #18
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If the prick has been ok for them for this many years and they did blood and it came positive i dont see why they would not atleast go back and try the prick test....Why not!!!!! If a test comes back positive for either test they would have to do something and with either test you could lose a deer. Like you say i dont believe we will ever have a problem with tb and with blood my herd can be bruc tested also so they can go to other states.
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Old Jan 26th 2012, 03:02 PM   #19
 
  Nov 2011
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Let's hope common sense rules the decision, but we all know how common sense isn't always very common. Hey- maybe what I heard was just hearsay and completely wrong! But....if what I heard is right, just remember: a positive on a skin prick can be double checked and will be able to be proved as a false positive. If you have a false positive on blood and (IF) it can't be double checked, then what? That's what I meant by costing a deer. I just want to make sure we are all aware of the potential fine print and potential risks. For now, skin prick TB testing every three years isn't bad enough to make me want to change unless I know what the protocol is for sure, and I know a false positive still leaves me a way out. I hope someone can prove that what I heard was wrong!!!
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Old Jan 26th 2012, 04:26 PM   #20
 
  Feb 2010
I visited with shawn schaffer at the top 30 on this blood test. Looks like we will have it by fall. If there is positives and there will be false ones like the blood test then they wil do the comparative skin test like in the past. At least most deer will only be handled once. The big advantage is no shave marks on stocker bucks if it is your fall to test.
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Old Jan 26th 2012, 05:47 PM   #21
 
  Nov 2011
  Warriors Mark, PA
Thank you for the info- I am more than happy to be wrong about what I heard. This will make testing that much easier on the animals.
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