The Southeast Trophy Deer Association (SETDA) hosted their annual summer picnic on Saturday, August 18 at the UF/IFAS Austin Cary Forest for deer farm industry stakeholders to discuss the future of the industry, enjoy a BBQ lunch, and listen to Keith Warren’s deer and wildlife stories. In addition, SETDA presented a check for $25,000 to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Cervidae Health Research Initiative (CHeRI).
SETDA’s gift will aid CHeRI in developing architectural plans for a proposed captive deer facility and preserve in Gainesville. This proposed research, education, and outreach facility would help train wildlife ecologists and veterinarians on the management and treatment of deer populations.
The initiative seeks to promote interdisciplinary science, education and outreach that increase the health and production of captive cervids in a sustainable manner and promotes the health of native wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live.
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