A person who possesses farmed Cervidae, that are not white-tailed deer, in Minnesota must be registered with the Board of Animal Health and meet all the requirements specified in Minnesota Statutes 32.153, 35.155 and Minnesota rules 1721.0370 to 1721.0420.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources oversees farmed white-tailed deer. Visit the DNR’s “Deer Farms” webpage for regulations and information. Farmed Cervidae are livestock and are not wild animals for purposes of game farm, hunting or wildlife laws.
To register with the Board of Animal Health, the owner must submit a registration application and annual inspection fee. The fee is $500 for producers that manage their herd for profit or monetary gain, engage in transaction or exchanges for consideration, sell the ability to shoot animals in the herd, or if the herd consists of more than one species. The fee is $250 for all other herds.
Once the application and fee have been received, a Board agent will contact the applicant and arrange an inspection which must be conducted prior to moving farmed Cervidae onto the premises.
Each registered farmed Cervidae premises must be inspected annually, at minimum, by an agent of the Board of Animal Health to verify compliance with Minnesota Statutes and Rules.
All farmed Cervidae must be individually and uniquely identified.
A complete animal inventory must be conducted every 12 months, verified by the owner and an accredited veterinarian and submitted to the Board of Animal Health.
A physical, hands-on inventory must be conducted every 36 months, verified by the owner and an accredited veterinarian and submitted to the Board of Animal Health.
Producers must report all farmed Cervidae that die or are moved out of the herd to other locations to the Board of Animal Health within seven (7) days of death or movement.
White-tailed deer producers must report deaths or movements to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Board of Animal Health staff will reconcile the inventory with animal information previously submitted to verify all animals are accounted.