A recent case of bovine tuberculosis found in a North Dakota herd won’t affect the state’s “TB-free” status according to state officials.
The case marked the first positive TB test in the state since 1999. The Associated Press reports state and cattle industry officials say the positive test won’t affect cattle producers in the state.
The cow testing positive for bovine tuberculosis moved from Texas to South Dakota before arriving in North Dakota. Loss of the “TB-free” status would result in restrictions on state cattle producers, limiting opportunities to export cattle to other states.
North Dakota has been TB-free since 1976. A state with at least two herds testing positive for bovine tuberculosis in a two-year timeframe loses its TB-free status.
Animal health and agriculture officials in the state are hosting a meeting with cattle producers and veterinarians Tuesday, June 18, to discuss bovine tuberculosis. The State Veterinarian and Area Veterinarian In Charge for USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services will provide information and answer questions regarding the recent case of bovine TB in the state.