For Immediate Release
January 13, 2009
Public Information Officer
Montana Department of Livestock
Brucellosis Action Plan meeting set for Park County
The Montana Department of Livestock will discuss its brucellosis action plan with Park County livestock producers at an informational meeting on January 21, 1:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Livingston.
State veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski said the meeting is part of the department's efforts to keep livestock producers involved and informed.
"We want to make sure producers know exactly what the (brucellosis action) plan means for their operations," Zaluski said. "The meeting will give producers a chance to discuss the plan and ask questions."
The plan, which can be viewed or downloaded and printed from MDOL's web site at http://liv.mt.gov/liv/Brucellosis/Revised%20BAP_112008.pdf, is designed to help the state regain its Brucellosis Class Free status as quickly as possible. It was developed by work group that included livestock producers, veterinarians, livestock market operators, and representatives from industry organizations such as the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Cattlemen's Association and Montana Farm Bureau Federation.
After a five-week public comment period that lead to significant revisions of the draft plan, the revised plan received preliminary approval from the Board of Livestock at its November meeting.
Other meeting dates and locations include:
- January 13: Gallatin County – Three Forks, Headwaters Livestock, 11:45 a.m. The informational session will be included on the agenda of the Gallatin Beef Producers annual educational meeting.
Contact: Gallatin County Extension, 406/388-3213.
- January 20: Madison County – Ennis, Ennis Firehall, 3 p.m.
Contact: MSU Extension agent Andrea Sarchet, 406/287-3282.
- January 22: Sweet Grass County – Big Timber, Big Timber Library, 1:30 p.m.
Contact: MSU Extension agent Mark King, 406/932-5146.
- January 23: Beaverhead County – Dillion/Fairgrounds/4-H Building, 1:30 p.m.
Contact: MSU Extension agent JP Tanner, 406/ 683-3785.
- January 28: Stillwater County – Columbus, Fairgrounds/Little Metra, 6:30 p.m.
Contact: MSU Extension agents Lindsay Wallace or Lee Schmelzer, 406/322-8035.
- February 2: Carbon County, Bridger, Bridger Elementary School, 6:30 p.m.
Contact: MSU Extension agent Travis Standley, 406/962-3522.
MDOL will also make an informational presentation at the Montana Veterinary Medical Association annual winter meeting in late January, and for livestock markets and market veterinarians.
Montana had been designated as Brucellosis Class Free since 1985, but lost that status earlier this year after the second of two brucellosis-infected cows were found within a one-year period. The state is eligible to reapply for Class Free Status in May, 2009.
For additional information about brucellosis or the brucellosis action plan, see MDOL's brucellosis update page at http://liv.mt.gov/Brucellosis/index.asp.
For additional information about the Park County meeting, contact MSU Extension agent Tracy Brewer, 406/222-4156, or Druska Kinkie, 406/333-4345.