Committee Adds to Brucellosis Aid

Cheyenne, WY – Ranchers could get some financial help from the state to deal with brucellosis. Because the disease was found in two herds of cattle in the state, Wyoming will lose its brucellosis-free status and ranchers will have to pay to test their animals before they can sell them outside of Wyoming. Under a bill passed out of a house committee Tuesday the state could end up paying $1.6 Million to cover the cost of testing. Originally the plan was to pay $500,000. Representative Monte Olsen says he's glad the committee increased the funding. Olsen says the money would cover part of the cost of testing that ranchers must now do and the rest of the money would go to the state vet lab to upgrade facilities.