Brucellosis testing for cattle in Wash. is reduced
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The testing of cattle for brucellosis has been greatly reduced in Washington after the federal government decided to send much of the work to a laboratory in Kansas.
Until October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had been sending more than 100,000 slaughter surveillance samples a year to the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman to be tested for the disease.
But agency veterinarian John Huntley said many of the samples now are sent to a facility in Kansas as part of the USDA's nationwide brucellosis surveillance plan, The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported Friday.
Brucellosis infections can devastate herds of cattle, and Jack Field of the Washington Cattlemen's Association opposes the change.
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