Montana loses brucellosis-free status
Brucellosis has been found twice in the state in the past two years near
State Veterinarian Marty Zaluski reportedly said that
DNA testing pointed to wildlife as the source of the most recent infection. Since no bison are found in that area, Zaluski has said elk are the most likely culprit.
The testing of cattle is expected to cost ranchers in the state's cattle industry an estimated $6 million to $12 million. It will be required of export cattle that are capable of breeding and over 18 months of age, at a cost of $7.50 to $12 per head.
To regain its disease-free status from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the state plans to expand cattle vaccinations and find ways to keep cattle from interacting with wildlife.
Source: Associated Press