Update: 277 total VS quarantines in Colorado
As of Sept. 10, 2014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 189 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS); 88 of the 277 quarantines have now been released.
“We’ve seen an increase in the released quarantines but there are also four additional counties with new quarantines due to this virus which shows that livestock owners must continue to mitigate their fly populations. This holds true for both, horse and cattle owners, as these counties are highly agricultural. At first, VS was hitting the horse community but we are now seeing more pending cases within cattle operations,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The State Veterinarian’s Office is following up on reports of horse owners who have moved their horses out of a quarantined facility. If requirements of the quarantine are not followed, the Department will investigate, write citations for violations, and institute fines according to the Livestock Health Act in State statute.”
–Colorado Department of Livestock
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Calves on the ground eventually mean dollars in the pocket and steaks in the meat case. It’s the basics of the beef industry.