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NCBA Commends USDA For Increased Research On Brucella Species In Large Animal Outdoor Containment

NCBA Commends USDA For Increased Research On Brucella Species In Large Animal Outdoor Containment
By Kris Vincent
 
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association's (NCBA) Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Kathy Simmons today issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) announcing draft policy to allow animal health researchers to conduct brucellosis studies on cattle and other large animals that cannot be easily housed indoors.
 
“This announcement is welcome news for cattle producers that face uncertainty from wildlife, infected with brucellosis threatening the well-being of their animals and operations. Thank you to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, Undersecretary Greg Ibach, and their teams, for developing this framework to advance our ability to control and eradicate brucellosis through improved opportunities to study disease transmission between cattle and wildlife. This expanded research is a good first step and NCBA will continue to work with the Trump administration to further protect producers from threats due to brucellosis.”
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