Farmers Bring bTB to Two More Zone 3 counties

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  1. Luv2hunteup

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    Farmers continue to spread bTB far and wide in our state. When will the USDA and MDARD learn? I doubt there will be informational meeting in the near future but eventually there will be meetings near where bTB has been introduced. Expect an increase in antlerless tags in these two counties.

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  2. riverman

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    your solution to the problem?
     
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  3. Luv2hunteup

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    Let the USDA do what they have threatened to do. Farm to slaughter. No exceptions plus revoke Michigan bTB free status
    Until things get under control.

    MDARD has been fighting the next step tooth and nail against farm to slaughter plus has not forced 100% compliance. Their answer is to use Wildlife Services to shoot down the deer herd and not address the root cause, cattle transportation.
     
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  4. riverman

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    Are you saying a dairy herd of let's say 500 cows should be slaughtered if one animal shows a titer?
     
  5. Luv2hunteup

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    No. The USDA wants to implement no farm to farm transfer of cattle. Farm directly to a USDA slaughter facility. No feed lot stop.

    I’ve posted the MOU multiple times. Read what it says along with the mandated quarterly legislative reports. Meetings are very informative. Go to one when this corona virus thing is history.
     
  6. riverman

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    As a former dairy herd/beef herd owner I fully understand. Where would animals be fattened if no farm to farm/feedlots? Where would someone wanting to enlarge a existing dairy or beef farm get the animals?
     
  7. Ford 800

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    So not buying cattle to increase your herd? No introducing a different bull to modify your genetics of the herd?
     
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  8. Trophy Specialist

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    Wouldn't it make sense to test them before moving them from a known TB area?
     
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  9. riverman

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    It does but there are not enough vets to take the blood samples or state labs to run those test on all movement of cattle. Just because a animal shows a titer doesn't mean it is active. Most are latent just like in humans. TB is still the number 1 infectious disease in the world. You have a better chance of getting it in the general population than any deer or cow.

    Geneva – New World Health Organization (WHO) guidance will help countries accelerate efforts to stop people with tuberculosis (TB) infection becoming sick with TB by giving them preventive treatment.

    A quarter of the world‘s population is estimated to be infected with TB bacteria. These people are neither sick nor contagious. However, they are at greater risk of developing TB disease, especially those with weakened immunity. Offering them TB preventive treatment will not only protect them from becoming sick but also cut down on the risk of transmission in the community.

    As we mark World TB Day 2020, the disease remains the world’s top infectious killer. In 2018, 10 million people fell ill with TB worldwide and 1.5 million people lost their lives to this disease.

    “COVID-19 is highlighting just how vulnerable people with lung diseases and weakened immune systems can be,“ said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “The world committed to end TB by 2030; improving prevention is key to making this happen. Millions of people need to be able to take TB preventive treatment to stop the onset of disease, avert suffering and save lives".
     
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    Thanks Riverman.
     
  11. Trophy Specialist

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    So what would you suggest be done then to prevent this from happening again?
     
  12. riverman

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    That's a tough question with no easy answer. I believe the state is doing everything possible. The northeast situation will probably be here for a long time because the only way to stop it would be to destroy every ruminant in that area and that is just not feasible. When I have time I will post about a cow from our farm (ingham county) that showed a titer and what we went through.
     
  13. riverman

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    Let us not forget the first positive ruminant in the North East was a deer from Alpena County.
     
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    And let us not forget that deer were originally infected with Bovine TB by cattle.
     
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