A cattle disease is declared wiped out

A cattle disease is declared wiped out

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After a 50-year battle, Texas beef and dairy cattle were declared free of brucellosis Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

‘Texas was the last state to achieve the ‘free’ status,’ said Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas’ state veterinarian and head of the Texas Animal Health Commission, the state’s livestock- and poultry-health regulatory agency. Some states have been rid of the disease for more than 25 years.

‘We have more herds and more cattle than any other state — 14 million at last count,’ Hillman said in a statement. ‘We also had more brucellosis infection to fight. In 1959, when Texas officially joined the national eradication program, we had more than 20,000 of the country’s 100,000 infected herds.’

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