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Tue December 30, 2003
Brucellosis May Mean New Rules for Cattle
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Livestock Board is considering new rules for testing cattle for brucellosis.
That's after the discovery of brucellosis in 31 cattle in a Sublette County herd earlier this month.
The proposed rule is to require all cattle sold into herds with breeding cattle to be tested for brucellosis.
The Livestock Board has scheduled an emergency meeting in Casper to discuss the proposal. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Parkway Plaza Hotel.
Kyndra Miller is the state planning coordinator in Gov. Dave Freudenthal's office. She says the meeting will be open to the public.
She says a goal of the proposed rule is to persuade California, Nebraska and Colorado to ease restrictions on the importation of Wyoming cattle that have been imposed in recent weeks.
Wyoming is meanwhile hoping to preserve its status as a federally designated brucellosis-free state. The discovery of brucellosis in another herd in Wyoming would mean the loss of that status.
Nearly 34-hundred head from neighboring herds and herds that may have been in contact with the infected herd have tested negative. Two or three more secondary herds have yet to be tested.
Four head from two herds have been labeled "suspect."