Positive Bovine TB Test in Nebraska

Classification as TB-free could be lost.

Nebraska's tuberculosis-free designation from USDA is in jeopardy as a beef herd in the Rock County area has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis. The herd has been quarantined and state and federal officials are trying to stem the spread of the disease. They also want to trace back to determine how the disease was introduced to the herd.

 

Nebraska Cattlemen Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey says it's too early to know what the impact of this will be on the state's roughly $10 billion cattle industry given that the extent of the infection is unknown. But if Nebraska does lose its tuberculosis-free classification producers shipping cattle to other states might have to prove their animals are disease-free. Kelsey says that's an expensive proposition when margins are already tight.

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