New bovine TB case could expand testing

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is proposing a new Bovine Tuberculosis testing area in the northern lower peninsula.

The department says a wild deer was confirmed positive for the disease in February outside of the state’s current Modified Accredited Zone in Benzie County.

The state needs to expand the zone to portions of Benzie and Manistee counties to comply with its Memorandum of Understanding with the USDA to maintain a split-state status.

All cattle and bison herds in the new area will need to be tested before the end of the year to ensure they are disease-free.

A public meeting in the region is set for April 25th which will also be available virtually.  Comments are also being accepted until May 10th.

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