This will be the Exotic Wildlife Association’s third “Friday Night Lights” fallow sale. This industry has literally exploded. Demand and prices have remained strong for the last few years and the future of this specialized industry remains bright. One of the main factors that has contributed to the rise of the fallow industry and market is the fallow registry. Four years ago, our members who were in the fallow business, approached our directors about the possibility of establishing a registry for the fallow as well as other exotic species. After working with the UC Davis, we established the first fallow registry in the United States. We also established a registry for red deer, axis, blackbuck, kudu, sika and sable.

To date there is approximately 10,000 fallows in the EWA registry. Our members wanted EWA to explore the possibility of converting from microsatellite to the SNPS version of DNA analysis. We have spent the last year working with Cal Davis to develop the SNPS program. The program is in the testing stage and will be ready in the next few weeks to convert our registry. As with the microsatellites, the SNPS analysis will be science based and will speed up the registry process.

The “Friday Night Lights” sale this weekend will showcase 51 outstanding fallow and semen lots from many of the top breeders in the industry. Prices should remain very strong. Those wanting to get into the fallow industry will have a wide variety of genetics to choose from and will have an opportunity to visit with many of those consignors throughout the weekend.

The EWA is very fortunate to have the staff working in this office that handle the day to day operations of the registry. These ladies are committed to processing the multitude of samples that are received and to expedite them for our members.

I want to thank each member that stepped up and consigned these outstanding lots. This sale is continuing to grow and offer some of the finest fallow genetics in the industry. We also appreciate the support of each of our members who have taken their time to support the association that supports our membership. If there is anything you need this weekend, please contact me or one of our directors. Charly Seale Executive Director