The agenda for a July 27 Montana Board of Livestock meeting does include a required vote on the statewide brucellosis official calfhood vaccination rules. The vote comes after a series of public meetings were held across the state to obtain stakeholder input. What will be before members of the Board at that meeting is the following “Agenda Request Form.”
AGENDA REQUEST FORM: Vaccination for the prevention of Brucellosis of female cattle and domestic bison utilized for breeding or grazing
1. Improve the immunity of Montana’s cattle and domestic bison breeding herd to brucellosis.
Vaccination of Female cattle and domestic bison utilized for breeding or grazing purposes
1. Upon change of ownership, all sexually intact female cattle and domestic bison intended to be utilized for breeding or grazing purposes within the State of Montana shall be official calfhood vaccinates.
2. Sexually intact female cattle over 12 months of age and sexually intact female domestic bison over 18 months of age that are not OCV,
a. May move to a recognized slaughtering establishment.
b. May move to a state or nation that will accept such animals not vaccinated against Brucellosis
c. May first move through one Montana approved livestock market.
d. In some cases, may become official adult vaccinates (AV), following a negative brucellosis test along with written permission from the Montana State Veterinarian,
e. May not be sold for breeding or grazing purposes within the State of Montana.
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The Board of Livestock meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27. It will be held in the BOL conference room (319) in the Scott Hart building at 301 North Roberts Street in Helena. For more information, contact Steve Merritt at (406) 444-9431.
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