New Mexico Gets Split TB Status

USDA last Friday granted “split state” status to New Mexico as the state attempts to clean up bovine tuberculosis (TB).

USDA last Friday granted “split state” status to New Mexico as the state attempts to clean up bovine tuberculosis (TB). Under the designation, only two counties – Curry and Roosevelt in the eastern part of the state – will be under strict requirements for testing and moving cattle.

Last September, USDA removed New Mexico from the list of TB-free states, which required that all producers in the state adhere to ramped-up testing and movement restrictions. The move to split-state status relieves most of the state’s beef and dairy producers from those requirements, New Mexico animal health officials said, potentially saving producers more than $4 million a year.