(Merrifield, MN) -- Minnesota's effort to eliminate chronic wasting disease has resulted in the shutdown of a deer farm near Merrifield.
One deer in the herd at Trophy Woods Ranch tested positive for CWD three years ago, then four more tested positive in 2018. This past January, a wild deer found near the farm also tested positive -- so owner Kevin Schmidt agreed to have it de-populated. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reports there were about 100 deer on the property. The USDA compensated Schmidt for the loss of his herd.