Share the Harvest: CWD Testing Requirements


For deer harvested from CWD Management Zone counties

Deer harvested from CWD Management Zone counties may only be donated to Share the Harvest if they are tested for CWD. Donations must go to a meat processor participating in the Share the Harvest CWD Testing Program. Deer harvested outside of the CWD Management Zone do not need to be tested for donation to Share the Harvest and may be taken to any Share the Harvest processor.

The CWD Management Zone will include 34 counties for the 2021-2022 deer season. Camden, Laclede, McDonald and Pulaski counties are new for the season:

Adair, Barry, Cedar, Chariton, Christian, Camden, Clark, Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Hickory, Howell, Jefferson, Knox, Laclede, Linn, Macon, McDonald, Mercer, Oregon, Ozark, Perry, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Warren, Washington.

Processors Participating in the Share the Harvest CWD-Testing Program
County Processor Name Address City Phone
Adair Countryside Butcher 29613 Friendship Trl La Plata (660) 216-7968
Camden K and K Meat Processing 364 Phillipsburg Ln Richland (573) 480-1635
Cedar Bear Creek Meats 19827 E. 1450 Stockton (417) 808-0093
Christian Oldfield Packing 192 Andrews Rd Sparta (417) 634-3943
Clark Hilltop Butcher Shop LLC 28579 County Road 197 Alexandria (660) 216-8801
Clark Kahoka Meat Processing 115 S Jefferson St Kahoka (660) 727-3433
Crawford Marys Valley Meats 20 Brown Cemetery Rd Steelville (573) 786-6328
Dallas Shrocks Country Butchering 25 Wildlife Rd Buffalo (417) 345-4342
Franklin Beaufort Meat Processing 5234 Hwy 185 Leslie (573) 484-3312
Franklin K and A Meats 2231 Hwy 100 Labadie (636) 451-6880
Greene Cactus Ridge Custom Processing 253 S Maple St Walnut Grove (417) 844-6470
Hickory Hays Processing 13663 Hwy 83 Quincy (417) 399-3437
Howell Barnett's Meat Processing 611 Saint Louis St West Plains (417) 256-3261
Jefferson Johns Butcher Shoppe 503 N Mill St Festus (636) 931-7776
Laclede Roberts Cattle Co 31210 Hwy O Lebanon (417) 531-1067
Linn Green Hills Fresh Meat 2670 Hwy 11 Saint Catherine (660) 375-1609
Macon Buck Ridge Custom Meats 36234 Kayak Ave Excello (660) 299-0278
Madison Walker Meat Processing 2625 Madison 535 Fredricktown (573) 366-6387
Mercer Sunrise Meats, LLC 29399 Karma Ave Princeton (660) 748-3390
Perry Stonies Sausage 1507 Edgemont Blvd Perryville (573) 547-2540
Perry Etzold Packing 170 S Kingshighway St Perryville (573) 547-6815
Ralls Four Quarter Meat Processing Hwy 154 West Perry (573) 735-2499
Schuyler Robert Aldridge 806 Cedar St Queen City (660) 766-2582
Scotland Missouri Meat Processing 26832 County Rd 161 Rutledge (660) 342-8534
St. Charles Josephville Meat Processing 1363 Josephville Rd Wentzville (636) 327-5455
Ste. Genevieve Bloomsdale Meat Processing 130 Mill Hill Rd Bloomsdale (636) 524-1454
Sullivan Green City Foods 19 W 2nd St Green City (660) 216-7456
Texas Cabool Kountry Meats 90 Industrial Park Dr Cabool (417) 962-2112

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CWD is a disease of deer and elk. Although there have been no identified cases of CWD transmission to humans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following precautions:

  • Hunters in areas known to have CWD should test their deer for CWD before eating meat from the deer.
  • Deer that test positive for CWD should not be consumed.
  • In general, if a deer looks or acts sick, it should not be consumed.

CWD testing requirements have been put in place for the CWD Management Zone to ensure that deer donated to Share the Harvest are tested in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations.

  • Hunters may present their unsampled deer for donation to participating CWD testing processors; the processor will collect a tissue sample or the head for testing.
  • Or, deer can be sampled prior to donation, but hunters must present the CWD barcode number provided at the sampling location to the Share the Harvest processor.
  • Hunters who harvest a deer from a CWD Management Zone county on November 13th and 14th must present their deer to an MDC Mandatory Sampling station. You will receive the CWD barcode number to take with you to the Share the Harvest CWD Testing participant at the time of donation.

To collect a CWD sample, processors will need to cut through the neck of your deer. If you want to keep the cape you will need to make special arrangements:

  • Have a taxidermist cape your deer first, then deliver the caped head/deer to the participating CWD testing processor.
  • Take your deer to a taxidermist participating in the Voluntary CWD Sampling Program to have it sampled. Have them give you the CWD Sample barcode number and give it to the Share the Harvest Processor.
  • Call ahead before visiting a processor to ensure you can keep your deer head. Some participating Share the Harvest Testing Processors are collecting deer heads for sampling by MDC and do not sample the deer themselves.
  • Deer with the head removed are not eligible for donation unless a sample was collected, and a sample number is provided to the processor.
    • You can find a CWD testing location nearest to you by visiting our Voluntary CWD Sampling page. They will sample your deer free of charge. Have them give you the CWD Sample barcode number you can give to the Share the Harvest Processor when you donate you deer.