Herd Protection Programs: Wildlife Risk Mitigation (WRM) and Enhanced Wildlife Biosecurity (EWB)
Wildlife Risk Mitigation (WRM)
The Wildlife Risk Mitigation (WRM) Project helps producers create a biosecurity plan for their farms in order to reduce the risk of their cattle becoming infected with bovine tuberculosis (TB).
The WRM Project allows producers to actively participate in choosing the best method to meet project standards. Field staff will help each farm develop unique ways to mitigate the risk of wildlife interaction.
For herds that are not in the Enhanced Wildlife Biosecurity Area of the Modified Accredited Zone (MAZ) and Presque Isle County herd that are not WRM-verified, cattle can only move directly to a slaughter plant.
Participation starts with contacting MDARD’s Atlanta office at 888-565-8626.
Enhanced Wildlife Biosecurity (EWB)
Herd owners in the EWB Area work with specialized staff to evaluate their farm’s specific risks and are provided a plan of action to mitigate the risk. Some risks may be addressed by changing the farm’s management practices, while in other cases the pressure from wildlife necessitates an investment in physical improvements – primarily fencing.
Any commercial producer in the EWB area must also participate in the Targeted Deer Removal Program. A herd that is not EWB-verified is limited to selling cattle direct to slaughter only.
Any commercial producer in the EWB area that is not verified under that program is limited to selling cattle direct to slaughter only.