Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota

Farmed elk and deer are arguably, the most regulated livestock in Minnesota.  With every new case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the industry is pointed to as being the cause.  

There are so many other considerations to the threat of CWD in Minnesota, the least of which is the already heavily regulated farmed cervid industry.

Epidemiology reports from the latest two cases of CWD in farmed deer point to taxidermy waste stream and a rubbish (bone) pile as being potential vectors of the disease to the farms.   These issues ultimately stem from movement of CWD infected hunter harvested carcasses which have been transported into Minnesota ending up at the taxidermist, a bone pile or any number of places where a carcass could be disposed of.

See below for a position statement about CWD from the association as well as statistical evidence of how much testing the industry is conducting compared to wild deer surveillance in Minnesota.

Minnesota Elk Breeders Association CWD Position Statement
CWD Testing Statistics in Minnesota

Minnesota National Guard Veteran Harvests Bull Elk

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the 2018 MnEBA Charitable Elk Hunt,   Staff Sgt. Willy Puckett!  Willy harvested this beautiful bull elk at Tony’s Trophy Elk Hunt Ranch in Baudette, MN on October 15, 2018.  For more on Willy’s story,  click here: Minnesota National Guard Veteran Harvests Bull Elk

MnEBA wishes to thank the following for their contributions to this very successful project:  Tony Beckel of Tony’s Trophy Elk Hunt Ranch, Ron Welle of Midwest Outdoors Unlimited, Lake Superior Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI), Lance & Brenda Hartkopf of Splendor Ridge Elk Farm and Paul & Lynn Hueg of Sunset Elk Ranch.

Elk Are Part of the Family at Turek’s Arctic Hillcrest

See this week’s AgriNews article about life on the elk farm featuring MnEBA members Darrell Turek & Sheila Krukowski!  

Elk Farming in Minnesota

AgCountry Farm Credit Services recently interviewed long-time elk farmer and MnEBA member Scott Groen, who answered the questions many people have about the elk farming business.  Listen to the podcast!

Elk is Tasty, Healthy and the New Craze in Wisconsin Raised Meat

See a great story featuring one of our Wisconsin members as USA Today  gets the scoop on America’s Greatest Animal – ELK! Did you know you could order elk stroganoff at Lambeau Field? In addition, see several restaurants who offer fantastic elk sandwiches and other elk dishes in neighboring Wisconsin! 

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/life/food/2017/11/14/elk-tasty-healthy-and-new-craze-wisconsin-raised-meat/761769001/ 

Couple Pleased With Elk Herd

Jim & Eileen Byrne are busy getting ready for the MnEBA Summer Picnic this coming Saturday July 22nd – all are welcome!  

See Couple Pleased with Elk Herd article on the Pine Island couple and their relationship with MnEBA which appeared in AgriNews earlier this month!

Groen Elk Farm Trophy Bulls Originated with ‘King’

MnEBA member Scott Groen speaks to The Land Magazine’s Dick Hagen about how he generates income from the elk bulls on his farm.

See full story at:  Groen Elk Farm Trophy Bulls Originated with ‘King’

Nutritional Health Makes Elk A Growing Choice for Consumers

MnEBA member Greg Lubinski talks to The Land Magazine’s Dick Hagen about the world of elk farming.  From nutrition to marketing to lifestyle, he covers it all!

See full story:  Nutritional Health Makes Elk A Growing Choice for Consumers

Minnesota Grown “Pick of the Month” Features Elk Meat for Great Summer Eating!

Check out Minnesota Grown’s May issue of “Pick of the Month” for a   Splendor's Blendgreat elk steak marinade recipe for summer grilling!  MnEBA member Brenda Hartkopf shares her favorite part about raising elk plus her favorite elk meat recipes!

See full story:  Minnesota Raised Elk

Waseca Native Veteran Harvests Beautiful Bull Elk

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the 2015 MnEBA Charitable Elk Hunt,  Block 4 Sergeant Tom Block!  Tom harvested this beautiful bull elk at Tony’s Trophy Elk Hunt Ranch in Baudette, MN on October 9, 2015.  For more on Tom’s story,  click here: Waseca Native Veteran Harvests Beautiful Bull Elk

MnEBA wishes to thank the following for their contributions to this very successful project:  Tony Beckel of Tony’s Trophy Elk Hunt Ranch, Ron Welle of Midwest Outdoors Unlimited, Lake Superior Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI), Mike Kettenacker of Innovative Lab Systems, Lance & Brenda Hartkopf of Splendor Ridge Elk Farm and Klint & Lora Wylie of Wolf Creek Elk Ranch Inc.