The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued an interim rule upgrading the bovine tuberculosis (TB) status for seven counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan. The interim rule upgrades the status for the seven counties from Modified Accredited Advanced to Accredited Free, effectively eliminating required bovine tuberculosis testing prior to interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of Michigan.
APHIS has determined that the counties of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Otsego and Presque Isle counties meet the criteria for accredited-free status. There have been no findings of bovine TB in any cattle or bison in these counties since April 2011.
Bovine TB is a contagious disease caused by bacteria that affects mainly cattle and bison. APHIS works cooperatively with state animal health officials and the livestock industry to eradicate bovine tuberculosis from domestic livestock and prevent its recurrence. This action was published in the Sept. 10 Federal Register at www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0058-0001 and took effect upon publication. APHIS is accepting public review and comments on this interim rule. Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Nov. 10, 2014.