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History and International Extension

IDUBA was created in 2013 in the first meeting for professionals and scientists on deer: the European Meeting on Antlers and Deer (EMAD), organized in Spain. The organizer of the event and architect of IDUBA, Dr. Tomas Landete-Castillejos, was at the moment vice president of the Federation of European Deer Farmers Associations (FEDFA: www.fedfa.org), and reputed scientist on deer antlers and other aspects of deer biology and management. He realized that: 1) There was no truly worldwide organization for deer breeders and managers, and many national organizations in all the world had little or no contact with organizations in other countries or continents; 2) That an association whose members were only deer breeders would lack an important stake holder: companies that make business around deer and wild ungulates and who are in contact with deer breeders, but which do not breed deer themselves; 3) that in that moment (and also now) Russia had the greatest potential of growth of the sector (6,000 million €/year, as he published in some of the 15 dissemination articles in one of the best Russian hunting magazines), and that other European and non-European countries could greatly benefit from cooperation with those starting deer breeding in Russia.

Thus, the creation of IDUBA was proposed in EMAD and Dr. Landete-Castillejos was elected as first president, and in turn he chose as vice president for EU, a deer breeder with extraordinarily innovative and with great vision of the future in this sector: Dr. Dainis Paeglitis (Saulstari deer farm, Latvia). Within a few months, IDUBA had members in 4 continents (America, Asia, Europe and New Zealand in Oceania), and also in areas of business such as deer breeding, organization of hunting, import and export of antlers and deer products, feeds and nutrition of deer and wild ungulates, fencing, or science companies in reproduction and genetics of deer. IDUBA was first registered in Spanish Ministry of Interior (num.: 604359 ; VAT num.: G-02550549). IDUBA has a solid present, but most important: it has a brilliant future.