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CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 5 Iss. 1 - April 2020 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 4 Iss. 4 - December 2019 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 4 Iss. 3 - October 2019 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 4 Iss. 2 - May 2019 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 4 Iss. 1 - March 2019 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 3 Iss. 3 - October 2018 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 3 Iss. 2 - July 2018 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 3 Iss. 1 - March 2018 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 2 Iss. 4 - November 2017 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 2 Iss. 3 - August 2017 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 2 Iss. 2 - April 2017 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 2 Iss. 1 - January 2017 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 1 Iss. 3 - November 2016 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 1 Iss. 2 - July 2016 (pdf)

CHeRI Newsletter Vol. 1 Iss. 1 - April 2016 (pdf)


Habitat associations of Culicoides species (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) abundant on a commercial cervid farm in Florida, USA (pdf) - This research is a first step at understanding which habitats are important to the insects that cause disease in deer. Understanding insect habitat needs will help farmers control these insects on their farm.

Host use patterns of Culicoides spp. biting midges at a big game preserve in Florida, USA, and implications for the transmission of Orbiviruses (pdf) - This study investigated the host range of Culicoides spp. present on a big game preserve in Florida on which a variety of cervids and bovids freely roam

Complete genome sequence of mobuck virus from a Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) (pdf) - A report of the complete genome sequence of mobuck virus isolated from a Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in 2017. This is the second report of mobuck virus in the United States and expands the known geographic range of this orbivirus into Florida

Vertical stratification of Culicoides biting midges at a Florida big game preserve (pdf) - This study aimed to determine whether common Culicoides species in Florida stratify vertically and to determine whether strata used by midges corresponded to host use

Characterization of mule deerpox virus in Florida white‑tailed deer fawns expands the known host and geographic range of this emerging pathogen (pdf) - A report of the first genome sequence of mule deerpox virus (MDPV) from a farmed white-tailed deer fawn in the South Central Florida, expanding the number of locations and geographic range in which MDPV has been identifed

Complete genome sequence of Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus serotype 6 isolated in Florida white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus (pdf) - Complete genome sequence of Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) serotype 6 (EHDV-6), isolated from a Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in 2016

Genomic sequencing of epizootic hemorrhagic disease viruses isolated in Florida white-tailed deer (pdf) - Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) serotypes 1 and 2 were isolated from Florida white-tailed deer in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and their genomes were completely sequenced

Ecological niche modeling the potential geographic distribution of four Culicoides species of veterinary significance in Florida, USA (pdf) - This study used ecological niche modeling to map the potential geographical distributions and associated ecological variable space of four Culicoides species suspected of transmitting EHDV in Florida, including Culicoides insignis, Culicoides stellifer, Culicoides debilipalpis, and Culicoides venustus

5 Year Strategic Plan for CHeRI (pdf) - In order to guide our research and extension priorities for the next 5 years of CHeRI, we have established a Strategic Plan to provide a roadmap to our mission

Trueperella (Arcanobacterium pyogenes) in Farmed White-Tailed Deer (pdf) - Trueperella is a bacterium that can cause lesions in multiple areas of the body including the lungs, mouth, skin, and liver. It is a common cause of abscesses and pneumonia in deer. It also causes lesions on the face, ears, neck, lungs, and lymph nodes. It is one of the types of bacteria that is known to contribute to the disease lumpy jaw. In young fawns, it is a common cause of mortality

Common Disease of Captive Fawns in Florida (pdf) - Fawning season is a stressful time for deer farmers. From birth to weaning, white-tailed deer fawns have a high mortality rate. There are multiple reasons for the high death rate, but most are associated with the animals developing immune system and exposure to a variety of bacteria and viruses

Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Hemorrhagic Fever in White-Tailed Deer (pdf) - This factsheet describes best management techniques for outbreaks of HD in farm-raised deer. It includes strategies for best supportive care for sick animals, diagnostics, and integrated pest management to control biting midges that spread the viruses that cause hemorrhagic disease, because the best way to manage disease is to prevent it

Primary Screwworm Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel) (Insecta: Diptera: Calliphoridae) (pdf) - Screwworms are endemic to the Western Hemisphere and pose a serious threat to livestock, wildlife, pets, and humans. In October of 2016, the USDA-APHIS (United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) confirmed the presence of primary screwworm in Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) on Big Pine Key in Florida. Key deer are an endangered species that have been found only on the Florida Keys


The Cervidae Health Research Initiative: Promoting deer health to the farmed deer industry in Florida (pdf) - Dr. Samantha Wisely

Comparative Study of Theileria spp. Phylogenies and Prevalence in Florida On- and Off-Ranch White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) (pdf poster) - Hood, K., A. Cauvin, K.A. Sayler

Epidemiology of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus in White-tailed Deer in Florida: Surviving Year Around Exposure (pdf) - Sayler, K.A., E. Blosser, B. McGregor, N. Burkett-Cadena, C.L. Boyce, J. Loeb, J.K. Blackburn, J.A. Lednicky, S.M. Wisely

Collaboration and Communication of the Cervidae Health Research Initiative (pdf poster) - Moore, S.P., K.A. Sayler, S.M. Wisely

Identification of host-derived attractants and repellents for improving Culicoides management on deer farms (pdf) - Weeks, E.N.I., S.A. Gezan, J.A. Vann, S.A. Allan

Patterns of host use of Culicoides spp. in Florida: Implications for pathogen transmission and vector interventions (pdf) - Burkett-Cadena, N.

Viruses Discovered in Florida Farmed Deer (pdf) - Waltzek, T.B., J. Jacob. K.A. Sayler, J. Loeb, J. Lednicky, S.M. Wisely, K. Subramaniam

The Clinical Pathology of CHeRI: What Makes a Healthy Fawn (pdf) - Cauvin, A., N. Stacy, R. Shuman, K. Sayler

Newport Vaccine does not produce homologous antibodies against EHDV (pdf poster)

Comparative study of endoparasite burden of captive vs free-range white-tailed deer in Northwest Florida (pdf poster) - Flanders, S.L., C.L. Boyce, K.A. Sayler, S.M. Wisely, H.D.S. Walden

Prevalence of Parelaphostrongylus andersoni in white-tailed deer, other cervids, and bovids at a private sanctuary in northern Florida (pdf poster) - O'Leary, T.J., C.L. Boyce, K.A. Sayler, S.M. Wisely, J. Slapcinsky, J.F.X. Wellehan, H. Allgood, L. Archer, H.S. Walden


Necropsy of a White-Tailed Deer (video)

Deer Biology (video)

Why Science: Deer Biology (video)

Additional Resources

Deer Farming- Emergency Preparation

Hurricane Preperation for the Deer Farmer 101 (pdf) - Hurricane preparation material, courtesy of the Southeast Trophy Deer Association (SETDA)

Wildlife Conservation

What Is in a Natural Resource Management Plan?

Improving, Restoring, and Managing Natural Resources on Rural Properties in Florida: Sources of Financial Assistance

Wildlife Forages

Establishing and Maintaining Wildlife Food Sources

Providing Wildlife Cover

Comparing Fall Food Plot Blends for Deer: Update

Dove Fields in Florida

Establishment of Food Plots for White-tailed Deer in Central and South Florida

Management of Pine Forests for Selected Wildlife in Florida

Managing Oaks to Produce Food for Wildlife

A Native Growing Season Forage for Wildlife - Teaweed,Sida acuta Burm. f.

Supplemental Feeding and Food Plots for Bobwhite Quail

Ten Tips for Encouraging the Use of Your Pine Plantations by Game Species

Ten Tips for Increasing Wildlife Biodiversity in Your Pine Plantations

The Value of Oaks to Wildlife

A Walk on the Wild Side: 2013 Cool-Season Forage Recommendations for Wildlife Food Plots in North Florida

Tips for Integrating Land and Wildlife Management: Deer in Ranchlands

Tips for Integrating Land and Wildlife Management: Deer in Forests

2017 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida

Forage Planting and Establishment Methods on Prepared Seedbed

Soil Testing

Fertilizing and Liming Forage Crops

Perennial Peanut: Forage Nutritional Composition and Feeding Value

Deer Health

White-Tailed Deer of Florida

Common Parasites and Pathogens of White-tailed Deer


Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Hemorrhagic Fever in White-Tailed Deer

If Foot-and-Mouth Disease Came to Florida: Potential Impact on White-tailed Deer in Florida

Neotropical Deer Ked or Neotropical Deer Louse Fly, Lipoptena mazamae Rondani (Insecta: Diptera: Hippoboscidae)

Trueperella (Arcanobacterium pyogenes) in Farmed White-Tailed Deer

Primary Screwworm

Legal Aspects of Deer Farming

How Do I Legally Sell Meat from Alligators, Wild Game, or My Farmed Game or Birds in Florida?

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Game Breeding Regulations

Cervids (Deer, Elk, Moose) Movement Requirements