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Montana: Brucellosis surveillance meetings draw questions

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Photo by Bill BrewsterMontana state veterinarian Marty Zaluski explains the proposed brucellosis rule details during a meeting in Three Forks, MT.

Several dozen producers attended the second of three public meetings regarding Montana’s Designated Surveillance Area (DSA), hosted by the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) on Nov. 10, 2010 at Headwaters Livestock in Three Forks, MT.

The proposed administrative rule is being modified in Montana to require mandatory calfhood brucellosis vaccinations for sexually intact female cattle or bison in the entirety of Park, Madison, Gallatin and Beaverhead counties where the DSA is located.

Female cattle or domestic bison that are not Official Calfhood Vaccinates (OCV) eligible may become Official Adult Vaccinates (OAV) following a negative brucellosis test. An approved brucella vaccine is a brucella product approved by and produced under license of USDA for injection into cattle or bison to enhance their immune response to brucella.

According Dr. Marty Zaluski, DVM, MDOL state veterinarian, vaccination is imperative for the protection of the breeding population in the state of Montana. He said the required OCV within the DSA simply makes mandatory the brucellosis program utilized by USDA-APHIS to eradicate brucellosis from livestock in the U.S. It also improves the immunity of and reduces the number of non-vaccinated animals within the breeding herd throughout the entire state.

In addition to requiring OCV in the four-county area, the addition of $100 penalties per animal is included in the proposed rule.

“Penalties are designed for individuals who do not want to cooperate with the rule, or to test to help Montana protect its livestock industry,” Zaluski said. “Enforcement options are there for folks who are not doing the right thing.”

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Zaluski said the final language might be changed to read penalties up to $100 per animal.

“We want to get your feedback on the administrative rule,” Zaluski said.

Several dozen producers attended the second of three public meetings regarding Montana’s Designated Surveillance Area (DSA), hosted by the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) on Nov. 10, 2010 at Headwaters Livestock in Three Forks, MT.

The proposed administrative rule is being modified in Montana to require mandatory calfhood brucellosis vaccinations for sexually intact female cattle or bison in the entirety of Park, Madison, Gallatin and Beaverhead counties where the DSA is located.

Female cattle or domestic bison that are not Official Calfhood Vaccinates (OCV) eligible may become Official Adult Vaccinates (OAV) following a negative brucellosis test. An approved brucella vaccine is a brucella product approved by and produced under license of USDA for injection into cattle or bison to enhance their immune response to brucella.

According Dr. Marty Zaluski, DVM, MDOL state veterinarian, vaccination is imperative for the protection of the breeding population in the state of Montana. He said the required OCV within the DSA simply makes mandatory the brucellosis program utilized by USDA-APHIS to eradicate brucellosis from livestock in the U.S. It also improves the immunity of and reduces the number of non-vaccinated animals within the breeding herd throughout the entire state.

In addition to requiring OCV in the four-county area, the addition of $100 penalties per animal is included in the proposed rule.

“Penalties are designed for individuals who do not want to cooperate with the rule, or to test to help Montana protect its livestock industry,” Zaluski said. “Enforcement options are there for folks who are not doing the right thing.”

Zaluski said the final language might be changed to read penalties up to $100 per animal.

“We want to get your feedback on the administrative rule,” Zaluski said.

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