October 27, 2016 – Overland Park, KS – Sustainable Agriculture and Wildlife Corp, LLC (SAWCorp) is introducing the very first practical blood test for Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk. This blood test allows hunters to collect a blood sample in the field, drop the envelope in the mail and have results in about ten days. Blood collection kits and tests can be ordered online at www.sawcorp.com/harvest-tests. The blood collection kits will also be available for purchase at selected outdoor retailers.
“This is an important day for hunters and for the hunting industry,” noted Dr. Rick Vierling, head of SAWCorp’s Science Advisory Board and also an avid hunter. “We finally have a way of stopping the spread of CWD and insure that our harvested deer and elk are CWD free.” The blood test uses a patented technology originally developed and used to detect Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Alzheimer’s in humans; it is able to identify infected animals before they start showing symptoms. The test has been validated in numerous academic labs with 100% accuracy and specificity (identified all positive samples, had no false positives). SAWCorp is in the process of working with the USDA to complete its validation review for use in the USDA CWD monitoring program.
The blood collection kits retail for $19.95 each and include everything necessary to collect and send blood samples for two harvested deer.
The tests are ordered separately, online at www.sawcorp.com/harvest-tests, and cost $45 per test.
Based in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, SAWCorp was founded in early 2016 to license and implement the CWD testing technology. The team of principals and key advisors of SAWCorp have more than a century of experience in almost every aspect of agriculture and wildlife. This team includes agricultural geneticists, deer/elk producers, hunters, ranchers, feed mill operators and game preserve operators. SAWCorp partners with the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC) for lab operations and testing services. NAGC was established in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association, Los Alamos National Lab and the USDA.
For more information, visit: www.sawcorp.com
Company Name: SAWCorp
Contact Person: Blake Ashby
Country: United States