USDA approves more funding to fight bovine TB

by Editor
Wednesday, August 08, 2007

An additional $35 million will go toward emergency funding for the bovine tuberculosis eradication programme.

This has recently been announced by Agriculture under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programmes, Bruce Knight, who also added that this funding is in addition to $2 million in emergency funding already available for tuberculosis control and eradication.

In the last five years, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has identified 35 TB-affected herds. A herd at an isolated dairy farm in Curry County, N. M., had been tested positive for TB in June.

The emergency funding will allow for depopulation and indemnification of the infected herd. It also will help support overall TB eradication efforts, which include surveillance, control and epidemiologic investigations.

Currently all states are designated accredited-free for TB, except Minnesota and portions of Michigan and New Mexico.