Voluntary Herd Certification Program

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The objective of the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Voluntary Herd Certification Program is to provide owners with the opportunity to have their herds identified as elite with respect to CWD. Membership in the certification program provides assurances to potential purchasers of animals that a purchase from a herd with the same level has the same risk of being infected with CWD. The level of assurance of CWD freedom depends on the length of time the herd has been enrolled in the program. Any owner of elk or deer premises who agrees to comply with the provisions outlined in the CWD Voluntary Herd Certification Program may enroll.

There are six levels in the certification program, from the entry level, Level E, to the highest level, certified. A minimum of five years is necessary for an enrolled herd to reach the certified level.

As the national administrator of the program, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency makes a national list of enrolled herds and their status, updated quarterly.

Chronic Wasting Disease Voluntary Herd Certification – enrolled herds by province

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