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Old Mar 16th 2011, 02:33 AM   #1
  Oct 2010
  Edmonton KY
Have a question. I live in Kentucky. We started our Deer farm last year and the farm we got our deer from was 5 years certified. Know we need to TB test our new deer how do we go about testing them? Do we need the vet there? Do we have to test every deer or just the new ones to keep the cert? Needing to build drop chute also. any suggestions on working them into the chute?


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Old Mar 16th 2011, 01:18 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

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The vet will have all the stuff he/she needs to do do the actual testing, you are basically only required to immobilize the animals, or run them through a chute. I dont know Kentucky's requirments for testing but I imagine it is the same as here and most every other state, you will need to test all animals over 12 months old, weather they are new to the farm or not. My advice for a first time test, Get a game plan to get them all tested as quickly and least stressful as possible, you dont want to be chasing after a single deer for a half hour, you are paying the vet's time. When i say quickly I mean as quickly as you can do it SAFELY, rushing through it without a plan will only result in you or a deer getting injured. We all know a plan can go sour quickly, all it takes is when very stressed deer running in an absolute panic, but if you know your deer and go over the routine a few times, the odds are going to be more in your favor when the testing day comes. I dart my deer for testing, i learned form my first test, and when i did it the second time i cut the time in half, and more importantly all my animals made it safely through the test with as little stress as i could possibly put them through. Hopefully someone else here will help answer your question about working them with a chute, i have no expierence in that department. Let us know if you have any other concerns.
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Old Mar 16th 2011, 02:12 PM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  Northeast Wisconsin

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We test around 300 deer every three years using the chute. It is fast and low stress. We use the chute to sort our deer and do AI so they are accustomed to is. We have all the deer up near the barn in our pie shaped pens that funnel them into the chute system. If you only have a few deer you can probably dart them, but we think it is far less risky to run them through a chute system, especially if you have run them through a few times before.
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