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MDARD sets a 3-mile circle for bovine TB surveillance in Huron County

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MDARD sets a 3-mile circle for bovine TB surveillance in Huron County

Contact: Bridget Patrick 517-284-5661
Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

Producer meeting set for April 7 in Bay Port

March 31, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:   Bridget Patrick, 517-284-5661 or

Lansing – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today set up a three-mile surveillance testing radius around the location of a Huron County feedlot to conduct bovine Tuberculosis (TB) surveillance testing in cattle.  A producer meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Township Hall, 9811 Main Street in Bay Port.

Laboratory tests confirmed a genetic link to the bovine TB positive Saginaw County dairy herd from last year.  This positive animal marks the fourth location found as a result of testing over 26,000 cattle linked in the last five years to the Saginaw County dairy. This strain of TB is considered the Michigan strain.

In March 2013, MDARD quarantined a Saginaw County dairy farm as part of the bovine TB response plan, and started a trace investigation into where the farm’s cattle went, or came from in the past five years. 

Michigan has been testing for bovine TB in cattle and working to eradicate the disease since 1995.  For more information, visit: .      ###

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