Cheyenne, Wy – The federal government has declared
Wyoming's cattle herds free of brucellosis.
The decision announced today (Tuesday) means costly restrictions
placed on the state's producers over the last two-and-a-half years
can now be eased.
Governor Freduenthal says the welcome news is a tribute to the
brucellosis task force and the others who worked to restore the
state's brucellosis-free status.
Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can cause pregnant
bison, cattle and elk to abort their fetuses.
Wyoming lost its brucellosis-free status in November 2003 after
the disease was found in a cattle herd near Pinedale; that herd
also was close to an elk feedground. Further testing found the
disease in cattle herds in Teton and Washakie counties.
The loss of brucellosis-free status meant that most cattle being
shipped out of state had to be tested for the disease.
State Veterinarian Dwayne Oldham says the state must work now to
make sure brucellosis doesn't show up in cattle again.