Why don’t we get rid of all the cattle in the tuberculosis area?

Why don’t we get rid of all the cattle in the tuberculosis area?

Phil Durst

Michigan State University

It’s what some have proposed; buy-out all the cattle farms in the bovine tuberculosis (TB) area and then perhaps there won’t be a problem with TB. The current TB program of evaluating risk on farms, monitoring the movement of animals in and out of the zone, testing herds, buying cattle that react on a test to slaughter and find out if they are infected, is costly. Yet, even with that expense, there are still two-to-four new infected herds identified every year.

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