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Fri January 9, 2004
State to Help Ranchers with Brucellosis Testing Cost?
Cheyenne, Wy – State Senator Jayne Mockler is asking the Legislature to help pay for emergency brucellosis testing.
In a statement released today, Mockler says it's appropriate for the state to at least temporarily help ranchers offset the costs of emergency state regulations.
Brucellosis testing could cost Wyoming ranchers up to one million dollars a year.
The Wyoming Livestock Board approved the emergency testing rules Tuesday to address concerns about the safety of Wyoming cattle. Last month, 31 cattle in a western Wyoming herd tested positive for brucellosis.
The rules take effect February 11th and last 120 days.
The board will then consider making them permanent.
Mockler says the potential for harm to one of Wyoming's most important industries only makes financial support all the more important.