Tuesday, February 19, 2008


State researchers have found Bovine Tuberculosis in herd number eleven, the fourth since last October. Minnesota State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Hartmann said this will probably mean a downgrade of Minnesota's Bovine TB status and require all cattle shipped out of state to be tested more stringently as well as the herd the shipped animal came from. Hartman said all the infected herds found in the last two years have been in the northwest corner of the state. Bovine TB had been eliminated from cattle in the 1970s. Hartmann said he will ask the University of Minnesota to do more research into how the disease is transmitted. Meanwhile, DNR sharpshooter recently killed another 46 wild deer in the targeted area in Beltrami County and those animals will be tested for the disease. Animal Health Board members recently voted to consider dividing the state into cattle growing segments to more isolate the infected area and allow other non-infected areas to enjoy a TB-Free status.

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