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State-wide TB Tests Coming to New Mexico

08 September 2008

US - Mandatory bovine tuberculosis testing is expected to be extended to the whole of New Mexico due to an infected animal discovered in Curry County earlier this year.

The testing is set to start next week, according to the state veterinarian and officials of the New Mexico Livestock Board. According to qcsunonline, New Mexico is expected to be added to a list of states that have been declared “modified accredited advanced”

The downgraded status means producers will have to test all dairy and certain beef cattle within 60 days of shipping the livestock across the state line, said State Veterinarian Dave Fly.

Other federal guidelines and regulations concerning the modified accredited advanced status must also be followed. Guidelines from USDA are expected to be published in the federal register early next week, officials said.

The new status is expected to come at an annual statewide cost to producers of $8 million, Fly said.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on bovine tuberculosis by clicking here.
- Go to our previous news item on this story by clicking here.

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