Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted

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Robin Fornoff Bovine tuberculosis restrictions lifted on the New Mexico beef and dairy industries Tuesday could mean an economic bonus for the state and a collective sigh of relief for producers in Curry and Roosevelt counties. “It’s very good news,” said Walter Bradley of Clovis, a former lieutenant governor and now spokesman for Dairy Farmers […]

USDA lifts bovine TB restrictions

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Argriculture has determined the threat of bovine tuberculosis has been eradicated from the state of New Mexico, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. In September 2008, USDA placed ranches and dairies across the state of New Mexico under mandatory […]

Area part of bovine disease research

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Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area is part of a nationwide research effort to address a bovine disease that can have significant impact on dairy and beef operations. New Mexico State University and its Clovis-based Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium are involved in a $9.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to […]

Bovine TB meetings scheduled

An informational meeting on the bovine tuberculosis situation in Roosevelt and Curry counties with the new split-state status is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the McAlister Room of the Jake Lopez Building on the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The New Mexico Livestock Board will also discuss cattle movement regulations, TB testing requirements and premises registration […]

NM delegation opposes change in bovine TB status

PNT Staff Report WASHINGTON — The New Mexico congressional delegation Wednesday urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafer not to take any action related to bovine tuberculosis testing that would harm the entire state’s livestock industry. In a letter to Schafer, Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Sen. Pete Domenici, along with Representatives Heather Wilson, Tom Udall and […]

State status on bovine TB downgraded

By Jack King Negotiations between a Roosevelt County dairyman and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the destruction of a herd of cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis have reached an impasse. Destroying, or “depopulating,” the herd — and a second infected herd in Roosevelt County — could help New Mexico regain its TB-free status in […]

Area dairy owners may lose cattle herd

Jack King Officials are discussing with the owners of two Roosevelt County dairies the possibility of killing their cattle to eliminate all traces of bovine tuberculosis, State Veterinarian Dr. Steve England said Wednesday. The recent discovery of the disease led the United States Department of Agriculture to announce it will downgrade New Mexico from a […]