Livestock Industry To Feel Mad Cow Impacts

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming livestock industry is taking hits on two different disease-related fronts. First, there's the effect of restrictions placed on Wyoming cattle from the brucellosis case in Sublette county. That was followed by bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or the Mad Cow disease case in Washington state. State Veterinarian Jim Logan says producers nationwide will get less for their cattle because of the mad cow scare. Combined with brucellosis, Logan admits it's kind of a double whammy. Logan believes the impact of mad cow will be determined by how the country handles the situation. He says Wyoming does have some international cattle trade so there will be a direct impact in addition to an indirect impact of lower prices.