Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted

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File photo Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted on the New Mexico beef and dairy industries Tuesday could mean an economic bonus for the state and a collective sigh of relief for producers in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Robin Fornoff Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted on the New Mexico beef and dairy industries Tuesday could mean an economic […]

USDA lifts bovine TB restrictions

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Argriculture has determined the threat of bovine tuberculosis has been eradicated from the state of New Mexico, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. In September 2008, USDA placed ranches and dairies across the state of New Mexico under mandatory […]

Area groups involved in effort to address bovine disease

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Dairy cows eat at Alva Carter Jr.’s dairy near Muleshoe, Texas. Researchers around the country are working to find a way to lessen the impact of bovine respiratory disease, which affects dairy and beef operations. Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area is part of a nationwide research effort to […]

Senators: USDA approves split-state status of bovine tuberculosis in New Mexico

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved New Mexico for “split-state” status for bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Board expected to extend mandatory bovine TB testing

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Mandatory bovine tuberculosis testing is expected to be extended to the whole state starting next week, according to the state veterinarian and officials of the New Mexico Livestock Board. New Mexico is expected to be added to a list of states that have been declared “modified accredited advanced” by […]

State officials object to bovine TB testing

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — The New Mexico congressional delegation Wednesday urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafer not to take any action related to bovine tuberculosis testing that would harm the entire state’s livestock industry. In a letter to Schafer, Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici, along with Reps. Heather Wilson, Tom Udall and Steve […]

Curry County cattle to be slaughtered

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The state will have about 12,000 dairy cattle in a Curry County herd slaughtered after 150 to 200 head were confirmed earlier this year with bovine tuberculosis. The infected cattle were killed earlier this year. The rest of the herd was free of the disease, but will be shipped to […]

Senate committee grants bovine TB detection funds

CNJ Staff U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M., voted Thursday with the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide federal funding to continue research carried out in New Mexico to more rapidly detect livestock diseases such as bovine tuberculosis (TB), according to a news release from his office. Domenici serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee that Thursday approved […]

Senator asks for aid in bovine TB fight

By Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici has asked Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns for help as New Mexico grapples with the containment of bovine tuberculosis cases discovered in eastern counties of the state, according to a press release from the senator’s office. Domenici, R-N.M., asked Johanns in a letter Tuesday to work with […]

State status on bovine TB downgraded

By Jack King Negotiations between a Roosevelt County dairyman and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the destruction of a herd of cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis have reached an impasse. Destroying, or “depopulating,” the herd — and a second infected herd in Roosevelt County — could help New Mexico regain its TB-free status in […]

State considers killing TB-infected cattle

By Jack King Officials are discussing with the owners of two Roosevelt County dairies the possibility of killing their cattle to eliminate all traces of bovine tuberculosis, State Veterinarian Dr. Steve England said Wednesday. The recent discovery of the disease led the United States Department of Agriculture to announce it will downgrade New Mexico from […]

Cattle disease detected

By Jack King Bovine tuberculosis has been found in two dairy herds in Roosevelt County, which means the infected animals must be destroyed and beef and dairy cattle owners statewide could lose money, officials said Thursday. Because of the diagnosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will downgrade New Mexico from “bovine tuberculosis free” status to […]