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Agencies expect further decline in the number of Minnesota deer farms

The number of white-tailed deer farms in Minnesota dropped from 195 at the end of fiscal year 2020 to 125 at the end of fiscal year 2023. (Stock photo courtesy of the Minnesota DNR)

The Minnesota DNR and state Board of Animal Health implemented several changes in cervidae farm management in 2023 after the state Legislature passed several new laws that altered oversight and regulations for certain farms.
Mike Oehler, DNR farmed deer and captive species coordinator, and Dr. Heather Damico, BAH senior veterinarian overseeing the farmed cervidae program, believe that changes from the 2023 legislative session will lead to fewer deer farms and farmed animals heading into 2024.

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