The New Mexico Livestock Board
Good News for New Mexico Producers on the Animal Health Front
Too often, producers’ interaction with or news from the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is not necessarily positive – livestock movement restrictions, an animal disease outbreak, or problems with health papers or an inspection.
“During the recent Joint Stockmen’s meeting, a producer approached me and stated, “Dave, I hope that the next time I hear from you it is good news,” said Dave Fly, DVM, New Mexico State Veterinarian. “We always seem to focus on the problems we are facing, but the fact is, on the animal health front, New Mexico is in pretty good shape – and that’s something producers and the NMLB should be proud of.”
New Mexico just experienced a significant outbreak of this disease as it traveled from the southern to northern portions of the state. There were well over 100 investigations, and several confirmed cases. Although New Mexico’s requirements for instate horse travel were increased, for the first time the state did not experience costly restrictions put into place by other states.
“No equine events were cancelled, movement restrictions were minimal and the cattle industry was not subjected to movement restrictions,” Fly said. “This can be attributed to industry self policing and other states recognizing that New Mexico was making every effort to prevent exposure to other states.”
Bovine Tuberculosis (TB)
New Mexico remains free of the disease after twenty plus years of effort, expenditure, movement restrictions and elimination of herds. Livestock producers in California continue to operate with bovine tuberculosis movement restrictions, and Michigan continues to battle the disease, now found in the wildlife population. With TB, as with most disease outbreaks, it was the producer that bore the brunt of the expense.
In 2005, the cattle industry requested that the NMLB institute rules to control bovine trichomoniasis, or “trich,” and today we can report a significant reduction in infected bulls. The New Mexico State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has developed one of the most reliable tests for the disease and the cost per test is among the lowest in the country. Today all of the western states have adopted rules to control “trich,” many using New Mexico’s rules as a guideline.