Cattle Coming Out of Montana May Require Bangs TestSat, 06 Sep 2008 10:27:00 CDT
Oklahoma State University Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glen Selk writes in his weekly Cow-Calf Corner Column about Montana's losing their Brucellosis Free Status in recent days- he reminds cattle producers outside of Montana that this means some additional paperwork and testing will be required if you are buying breeding stock from that state. The following are his comments on this situation.
By now you have heard that the Montana Department of Livestock announced that the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has officially downgraded that state’s brucellosis status from Class Free to Class A. What does that mean to Oklahoma beef producers who would shop for seedstock or other cattle in Montana?
According to the newsrelease from Dr. Marty Zaluski, state veterinarian for the Montana Department of Livestock: “The downgrade means Montana’s livestock producers will, at a minimum, be required to test all sexually intact cattle over 18 months of age within 30 days of export. Exempt from the testing requirement are cattle sent directly to slaughter, from certified brucellosis-free herds and from ranch of origin to an approved market facility. (Montana) Producers who export cattle are also encouraged to check regulations in destination states.” Different states have had different rules since the brucellosis detection occurred, so hopefully this will add some consistency.
Oklahoma producers that have questions about the movement of cattle from Montana to Oklahoma should contact the office of the state veterinarian in Animal Industry Division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (405-522-6131).
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