Two Montana cattle herds positive for Brucellosis

The Prairie Star

Idaho State Department of Agriculture releases new importation requirements for animals from the state of Montana.

According to a press release issued from the Montana Department of Livestock on June 9, 2008, tests have confirmed the second case of brucellosis in a Montana cattle herd which will result in the eventual loss of Montana’s brucellosis class free status. This prompted the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to issue an Administrative Order June 12 outlining additional importation requirements for animals from the state of Montana.

The immediate issuance of the Administrative Order is necessary to protect Idaho cattle and bison from contracting the disease,” said Dr. Bill Barton, administrator and state veterinarian for the ISDA. Dr. Barton is authorized by Idaho law to prohibit or restrict entry of animals into the state if they have been exposed or are infected with a communicable disease.

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