California Declared Bovine Tuberculosis Free
California was declared free of bovine tuberculosis on Monday. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of USDA, changed the states status to “accredited free” of the disease. With the new rating, farmers will be able to transport cattle and bison to and from the state without additional paperwork and veterinary inspections.
The upgraded status comes after farmers in the western state battled for years to rid their herds of the devastating disease.
“California has demonstrated that it has zero percent prevalence of cattle and bison herds affected with tuberculosis, and has had no findings of tuberculosis in any cattle or bison in the state since the last affected herd completed a test-and-remove herd plan and was released from quarantine in July 2014,” California Department of Agriculture officials said in a statement.
Three years ago bovine tuberculosis was found in dairy herd in Tulare County, California. At that time APHIS downgraded the state’s status the animals that tested positive for the disease were euthanized and the herd was placed in quarantine. This week’s announcement is certainly good news for beef and dairy producers in the Golden State.