Quay, other counties in TB-free zone

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday that New Mexico meets the requirements for split-state status for bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Only Curry and Roosevelt counties will remain classified as modified accredited advanced and have to have its cattle tested for TB, according to a release from the USDA.

“That’s good news for the producers here in Quay County,” said Shawn Davis, New Mexico Livestock Board inspector. “It means the counties (except Curry and Roosevelt) will go back to the original TB free status.”

“Good news. We’re quite pleased here. This will relieve most of the state from the burden of the reduced status,” said New Mexico Livestock Board executive director Myles Culbertson in an Associated Press report.

The new designation means that producers will be able to save between $8 and $12 for each test, Davis said.

However, producers should review other states’ requirements because some may require that cattle still have certain tests, including bovine TB.
Notice of the split state status is scheduled for publication in the March 23 Federal Register and becomes effective upon publication, according to the USDA release.

In September 2008 USDA placed ranches and dairies across the state of New Mexico under mandatory movement restrictions and testing requirements after a single positive bovine TB case was identified in the state earlier that year.

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall along with rest of the New Mexico delegation had pressed then-USDA Secretary Edward Shafer to work with