USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) downgraded
"Where we had a small MAA zone in the Eastern part of our state prior to that decision, our entire state now has MAA status,” the New Mexico Livestock Board reported on its Website (http://www.nmlbonline.com/index.php?id=16).
The reclassification is the result of detecting two herds with the disease in eastern
"We hate it, of course,” Sharon Lombardi, executive director of New Mexico Dairy Producers Association, said today. "We anticipate it will cost us $6 million in testing costs, movement requirements and lost sales.”
Lombardi and several of the producers she represents suspect Mexican roping steers as the source of the contagious respiratory disease. The animals enter the
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson joined the state's livestock industry in opposing the loss of the split-state status.
"We have the resources, statutory authority and capacity to effectively control this problem,” noted
Because of its extensive stretches of 200 miles or more with no towns, herds or infrastructure, a split-status TB designation works better for
USDA has five status levels, or stages, for states and zones with bovine TB. Before today's ranking,
USDA also is expected to downgrade
Catherine Merlo is Western editor for Dairy Today. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.