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NEW VS CASES CONFIRMED AS OTHERS RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE

October 11, 2005

Five horses on two premises on the Crow Indian Reservation in Big Horn County have been confirmed with vesicular stomatitis (VS), according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian. [More]


STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES COMPLETE FIVE-YEAR REVIEW OF BISON MANAGEMENT PLAN

September 29, 2005

A partnership of state and federal agencies (National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Montana Department of Livestock, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks) that manage bison in and around Yellowstone National Park recently completed a five-year status review of the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP), implemented in December 2000. [More]


SECOND ANTHRAX CASE CONFIRMED IN ROOSEVELT COUNTY

September 22, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – A second case of anthrax has been confirmed in Roosevelt County, according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian. [More]


Anthrax Confirmed in Northeastern Montana

September 15, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – What appears to be a naturally occurring case of anthrax has caused the death of 37 cows from a single herd on tribal land northwest of Culbertson, according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian. [More]


Equine WNV Confirmed in Lewis and Clark and Lake Counties

September 14, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – A horse in Lewis and Clark County near Helena and a horse in Lake County near Ronan have been confirmed with West Nile virus (WNV), for a total of seven equine WNV cases this season, according to Montana State Veterinarian Dr. Tom Linfield. [More]


MONTANA VETERINARIANS RECEIVE FAD TRAINING

September 8, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – Four Montana accredited private practice veterinarians recently attended a five-day Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) training held in Fort Collins, Colo., according to Montana Assistant State Veterinarian, Dr. Jeanne Rankin. Dr. Rankin also attended the training. [More]


EQUINE WNV CROSSES DIVIDE

September 5, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – A horse in Sanders County near Hot Springs has been confirmed with West Nile virus (WNV), the first case west of the Continental Divide this season and the fourth case to cross the Divide in Montana since WNV was diagnosed in the state in 2002, according to Montana State Veterinarian Dr. Tom Linfield. [More]


ROSEBUD ADDED TO COUNTIES WITH VS

September 1, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – Five equine near Ashland in Rosebud County have been diagnosed with vesicular stomatitis (VS), according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian, for a total of 61 clinical cases of VS in three counties in Montana. [More]


VS CONFIRMED IN CARBON COUNTY

August 31, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – A horse in Carbon County has been diagnosed with vesicular stomatitis (VS), the first case to be confirmed outside of Yellowstone County during this outbreak of VS, according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian. [More]


VS CONFIRMED IN MONTANA CATTLE

August 25, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – As the number of animals confirmed positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS) continues to rise in Yellowstone County, cattle have been added to the list, according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian. [More]


MONTANA'S VS STATUS AFFECTS LIVESTOCK MOVEMENT

August 19, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – With Montana being one of six vesicular stomatitis (VS)-affected states in the U.S., restrictions for seasonal grazing permits, annual equine permits and six-month horse passports could affect some Montana producers, according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian with the Montana Department of Livestock. [More]


MONTANA CONFIRMS SECOND WNV CASES IN HUMAN AND HORSE

August 18, 2005

State officials have confirmed the second cases of West Nile virus this year in both a human and a horse. [More]


NINE MONTANA HORSES CONFIRMED WITH VS

August 17, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – Test results have confirmed that horses at four additional Yellowstone County premises have positive cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS), according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian with the Montana Department of Livestock. [More]


BLAINE COUNTY HAS FIRST HORSE WITH WNV THIS SEASON

August 15, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – Montana’s first clinical case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a horse this season has been confirmed in Blaine County, according to Montana State Veterinarian Dr. Tom Linfield. [More]


MONTANA CONFIRMS FIRST VESICULAR STOMATITIS CASE SINCE 1982

August 10, 2005

(Helena, Mont.) – The first case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Montana since 1982 has been confirmed in a horse in Yellowstone County, according Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian. [More]


Editorial: USDA BSE MINIMAL RISK REGIONS RULES ENFORCED

August 4, 2005

By Marc Bridges, Executive Officer, Montana Department of Livestock [More]


Safety First at Petting Zoos

July 22, 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- Petting zoos are great opportunities for kids to see animals up close, but parents and children alike should take precautions to keep the outing enjoyable, according to Dr. Jeanne Rankin, Montana’s assistant state veterinarian. [More]


MONTANA TAKES PRECAUTIONS AGAINST VESICULAR STOMATITIS

June 24, 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- Texas, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona have confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) this spring, and precautions are being taken to keep horses and livestock safe in Montana, according to Dr. Jeanne Rankin, Montana’s assistant state veterinarian. [More]


THREE MORE BISON QUARANTINED; 259 MOVED BACK INTO YELLOWSTONE

April 6 , 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- Three more Yellowstone bison calves, captured with 21 other bison on Tuesday, will be transported to a bison quarantine facility outside Gardiner where they will be included in a Bison Quarantine Feasibility Study, according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian. The first three bison were transported to the quarantine facility last week. [More]


RAW MILK IS HEALTH RISK

March 31, 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- Raw milk may present a health risk, especially to high-risk groups such as pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. [More]


PRECAUTIONS AGAINST WNV ADVISED FOR HORSE OWNERS

March 31, 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- Even though mosquitoes and summer picnics may be a few months away, horse owners are encouraged to begin taking precautions against West Nile virus (WNV) now. [More]


FIRST BISON CALVES ARE QUARANTINED

March 30, 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- Three Yellowstone bison calves, captured with 11 other bison on Sunday evening, were the first to be transported to a bison quarantine facility outside Gardiner where they will be included in a Bison Quarantine Feasibility Study, according to Dr. Tom Linfield, Montana State Veterinarian. [More]


MONTANA LAYERS PRODUCE NINE MILLION EGGS EACH MONTH

March 18, 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- About 107 million eggs per year, or almost nine million per month, are produced from 355,000 layers in Montana. There are 485,000 chickens in the state. Montana has 35 licensed poultry and egg producers with 3,000 or more birds. [More]


HORSE TRAVEL REQUIRES PERMITS AND MORE

March 17, 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- The amount of horse-related travel into and around Montana increases in the spring, and the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) has guidelines to ensure the health, safety and ownership of all animals involved. The guidelines apply to horses coming into the state, leaving the state, and traveling from county to county within Montana. [More]


LIVESTOCK CRIMES TAKE ON VARIOUS FORMS

March 1, 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- The shooting of domestic livestock is just one of the crimes Montana producers are faced with, according to Jack Wiseman, Brands Enforcement Administrator with the Montana Department of Livestock. Others are the alteration of a brand on an animal, and theft of livestock from the field or from a sale written with a bad check. [More]


MONTANA LIVESTOCK CRIMESTOPPERS

March 1, 2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- The 1983 Montana Legislature authorized the Department of Livestock to implement the Montana Livestock Crimestoppers. The Livestock Crimestoppers Commission was created which consists of five members appointed by the Chairman of the Board of Livestock. [More]


VACCINATION OF YELLOWSTONE BISON APPROVED FOR WESTERN BOUNDARY AREA

February 4,2005

(HELENA, Mont.) -- Vaccination of Yellowstone bison calves and yearlings that enter Montana could begin this season, according to a recent decision by the Montana Department of Livestock. Brucella abortus strain RB51 vaccine will be used by hand injection. [More]