Bovine TB Identified in Alcona County Herd

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

For immediate release: October 9, 2018
Media contact: Megan Sprague, 517-284-5661

Bovine TB Identified in Alcona County HerdLANSING – Bovine tuberculosis was recently confirmed in a large beef herd in Alcona County. This herd, which is the 73rd cattle herd to be identified with bovine TB in Michigan since 1998, was identified through routine surveillance testing.

Bovine TB is an infectious bacterial disease primarily affecting cattle. It is endemic in the free-ranging white-tailed deer population in Michigan’s modified accredited zone, a USDA designation for Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda counties. Annual surveillance and movement testing are required of cattle producers, which helps catch the disease early and prevents it from being moved off the farm.

“In the modified accredited zone, anything shared by deer and cattle can be a potential source of bovine tuberculosis infection,” said Michigan’s Assistant State Veterinarian Nancy Barr, DVM. “Preventing deer from having contact with cattle feed, feed storage or watering areas is crucial for farmers in this area of Michigan and a part of wildlife biosecurity programs being implemented.”

This latest development will be discussed at two informational meetings in the MAZ:

Monday, October 29, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Elmer Township Hall
863 W. Kittle Rd., Mio, MI 48647

Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Hillman Community Center
24220 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Hillman, MI 49746

More information on bovine TB can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/bovinetb.

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