Another TB infected beef herd found in Minnesota; state prepares for status downgrade

Another TB infected beef herd found in Minnesota; state prepares for status downgrade

The Pilot Independent

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced that a Beltrami County beef cattle herd has tested positive for bovine Tuberculosis (TB).

This is the fourth positive herd detected since October 2007, and it will likely result in the downgrade of Minnesota’s bovine TB status from Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA) to Modified Accredited (MA), as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Code of Federal Regulations.

Since bovine TB was discovered in a northwest Minnesota beef cattle herd in July 2005, the disease investigation has found 11 infected beef cattle herds, all in Roseau and Beltrami counties. USDA regulations prescribe a downgrade in status when more than three herds are discovered within a 12 month period.

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