Californian TB Herd Under Depopulation Plans

US - Animal health officials have reached deals to depopulate two dairy herds in Fresno County where bovine tuberculosis has been detected, but negotiations are still continuing with the largest dairy touched by the disease.
calendar icon 11 August 2008
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According to Capital Press, the two owners of the remaining dairy are in the process of negotiating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said Larry Hawkins, USDA spokesman in California. The dairy, which contains 13,000 cows, had one cow test positive for the disease.

The federal agency is working with the dairy owners on indemnity, Hawkins said, but due to the large number of cows and their higher value due to a purebred breeding program, they are looking carefully into the possibility of splitting the herd into low-risk and high-risk groups.

The dairy is under quarantine order and can only move animals off the premises to be sold for slaughter, reports Capital Press.

Dairy cattle from a second herd where bovine tuberculosis was detected were being sent to slaughter last week after an agreement was reached with the dairy owner.

That was the second Fresno County dairy that has been depopulated after the tuberculosis outbreak was detected late last year.

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