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Montana Livestock Board postpones action of brucellosis vaccinations

Bill Brewster

The Montana Board of Livestock voted July 27 to delay any action on implementing new mandatory brucellosis vaccination regulations until January so that additional public meetings can be held and more input can be obtained from producers.

The vote to delay any action on a proposed rule for breeding and grazing cattle and bison came after several board members and producers in the audience expressed concern about the economic impact of the proposed rule in the state and its impact on the state’s cattle industry.

The motion to delay action until January was made by Vice Chair Linda Nielsen of Nashua and seconded by John Lehfeldt of Lavina.

“Everyone said they wanted the breeding herd vaccinated but no one said they wanted it to be mandatory,” Nielsen said.

“We are going to make more problems than we cure,” Lehfeldt noted.

Brett DeBruycker, a board member from Dutton, said a draft rule proposed by State Veterinarian Martin Zaluski, at the request of the board in May, would place undue hardship on beef producers around the state.

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“We are going to have extremely high costs for producers if we do this,” DeBruycker said. “I think we need to get vets and auctions involved before we force this rule on them.”

DeBruycker said the proposed rule would lead to extremely high costs to producers and would create an uproar around the state. DeBruycker’s position was supported by several others in the audience.

Dr. Dick Raths, a veterinarian from Lewistown and the head of Montana Stockgrowers Animal Health Committee, asked the board to “relook at it a bit longer.”

“I am not sure at this time this is the decision you need to make,” he said.

Raths said the board’s estimation that 70 percent of cattle are vaccinated is too low. Les Graham, head of the state’s livestock market group, said he estimates that 85 percent of cattle were now being vaccinated.

The Montana Board of Livestock voted July 27 to delay any action on implementing new mandatory brucellosis vaccination regulations until January so that additional public meetings can be held and more input can be obtained from producers.

The vote to delay any action on a proposed rule for breeding and grazing cattle and bison came after several board members and producers in the audience expressed concern about the economic impact of the proposed rule in the state and its impact on the state’s cattle industry.

The motion to delay action until January was made by Vice Chair Linda Nielsen of Nashua and seconded by John Lehfeldt of Lavina.

“Everyone said they wanted the breeding herd vaccinated but no one said they wanted it to be mandatory,” Nielsen said.

“We are going to make more problems than we cure,” Lehfeldt noted.

Brett DeBruycker, a board member from Dutton, said a draft rule proposed by State Veterinarian Martin Zaluski, at the request of the board in May, would place undue hardship on beef producers around the state.

“We are going to have extremely high costs for producers if we do this,” DeBruycker said. “I think we need to get vets and auctions involved before we force this rule on them.”

DeBruycker said the proposed rule would lead to extremely high costs to producers and would create an uproar around the state. DeBruycker’s position was supported by several others in the audience.

Dr. Dick Raths, a veterinarian from Lewistown and the head of Montana Stockgrowers Animal Health Committee, asked the board to “relook at it a bit longer.”

“I am not sure at this time this is the decision you need to make,” he said.

Raths said the board’s estimation that 70 percent of cattle are vaccinated is too low. Les Graham, head of the state’s livestock market group, said he estimates that 85 percent of cattle were now being vaccinated.

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