Officials from the New Mexico Livestock Board have confirmed a case of bovine tuberculosis in Eddy County, New Mexico.
According to state veterinarian Dave Fly, a joint investigation between the New Mexico Livestock Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is being conducted.
The infected dairy cow was discovered during routine testing, known as slaughter surveillance, which is conducted at all state and federally inspected plants in the
There is also a beef herd under surveillance in northeastern
Officials and beef and dairy producers are concerned about the outcome concerning the new developments of TB. An outbreak could potentially cost producers an estimated $3 million for testing, Fly said.
“We brush with it all the time. We need to make sure we do what is correct before panic sets in and the alarm bells ring,” Hagevoort said.
Currently the TB zone that is in portions of
“We are working diligently to prevent a status change,” Fly said.
At a low level in the
“All appropriate measures have been taken to ensure there is no risk to public health or livestock,” Fly said.