New Mexico Requesting Split TB Status

Will USDA grant New Mexico split bovine tuberculosis status?

Will USDA grant New Mexico split bovine tuberculosis status? New Mexico delegates are requesting just that—despite the fact that two infected herds have been found in New Mexico’s accredited free-zone.

The delegation said that the USDA removal of TB-free status in the state is both excessive and irrational. They claimed this action would cause beef and dairy operations to take unnecessary and expensive tests. They argued that split-state status would cover the small areas where the infected herds were identified while the rest of the state could remain TB-free.

In their letter to US Secretary Ed Schafer, the New Mexican delegates stated that this downgrade in status would cost the state more than $4 million per year.