In cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Alternative Livestock Health Program tracks chronic wasting disease (CWD) and tuberculosis (TB) in captive elk and fallow deer. Program staff also grants approvals and issues permits to allow for both in-state and import movement of alternative livestock.
Regulations Pertaining to Alternative Livestock Health:
All movements of alternative livestock must be approved by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Please call 303-869-9133 for more information.
CWD Sample Collection
Watch the webinar on Alternative Livestock Health, which includes a virtual training on how to collect samples for CWD testing.
Please Note: It is best to submit fresh (not frozen and not submerged in preservative) tissue samples in order for the lab to conduct accurate DNA testing. For packing materials and information on how to submit fresh samples, please contact the CSU Diagnostic Lab at 970-297-4168.
- Please completely fill out the sample submission form
- Samples submitted in jars filled with preservative must have animal ID information on the jar
- Fresh (not frozen or submitted in preservative) must be in separate whirl paks
To order sample submission kits, or if you have questions for the CSU Diagnostic Lab, please call 970-297-4168 or email email@example.com.
For questions about inventories, fencing requirements, etc., please call the CDA Brands Division at 303-869-9160. Additional information regarding licensing a new facility can be found here.