State Asks for Early End to Herd Quarantine

Lander, WY – Campbell County rancher Justin Edwards currently is facing the prospect of a quarantine on his cattle herd until August of 2005. The quarantine was put in place when brucellosis was supposedly found in Edwards' herd. But the state believes there were mistake made in the lab and that's why the two cows tested positive. And State Veterinarian Dwayne Oldham this week sent a letter asking the federal government to release the quarantine early. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is agency that will decide whether to release the herd is. APHIS Veterinarian in Charge of Wyoming Bret Combs says his agency wants to help the Edwards's put this matter behind them, but have to be thorough in their decision-making. Combs says there is a lot of information to look through about what happened in the Edwards' herd, so it may take some time before those above him at APHIS make a decision.