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Second Brucellosis-Infected Cow Found in Montana

December 15, 2014

Brucellosis has been found in a second Montana cattle herd, according to the state Department of Livestock.

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Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Receives Full Accreditation

November 11, 2014

The Montana Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Bozeman is fully accredited for the first time since 2003.

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Public Meetings on Brucellosis Vaccination Set for Billings, Three Forks

November 5, 2014

The Montana Department of Livestock will hold public meetings in Billings and Three Forks on a proposed rule that would remove brucellosis vaccination requirements for cattle imported into Montana from states, provinces and territories that have been brucellosis-free for at least 10 years.

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Hunters Reminded to Have Horses Inspected

September 11, 2014

The Montana Department of Livestock is reminding hunters that horses are required to have a brand inspection before crossing county lines.

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Where's the Beef? DOL's Brands Enforcement Division Can Find it!

August 21, 2014

The Montana Department of Livestock’s Brands Enforcement Division recovered and returned 4,630 head of lost, stolen and strayed livestock, worth $6.4 million, to their rightful owners in 2013.

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MDOL Meat Meat & Poultry Program Undergoes Federal Review

August 14, 2014

The Montana Department of Livestock’s Meat & Poultry inspection program recently underwent a federal review after a 10-day USDA-Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) visit that focused on inspections of meat processors around the state.

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Survey Shows High Use of Veterinary Lab, Satisfaction with Services

August 7, 2014

A recent survey of Montana veterinarians shows that they use the Montana Diagnostic Veterinary Laboratory in Bozeman, use it frequently and are overwhelmingly satisfied with the services it provides.

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Board of Livestock Creates Budget Subcommittee, Encourages Industry Participation

July 30, 2014

In an effort to address funding issues for the Department of Livestock, the Montana Board of Livestock has created a subcommittee for budget oversight, guidance and planning.

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Enjoy Animals Safely This Fair Season

July 14, 2014

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Department of Livestock are collaborating to prevent illnesses transmitted from animals to humans and make petting zoos and fairs fun and safe. 

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Comment Period on DSA Boundary Adjustment Opens; Public Meeting Set for July 2

June 18, 2014

Public comment on expanding the state’s Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) for brucellosis to include a 365-square mile chunk of land between Norris and Three Forks (see attached map) opened late last week.

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Equine Owners Encouraged to Consult with Vets on West Nile Virus Vaccination

April 22, 2014

Montana’s animal health officials are encouraging equine owners to consult with their veterinarians about vaccination for West Nile virus after a spike in the number of cases last year.

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State, National Park Service to Develop New Bison Management Plan

March 28, 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) and the State of Montana (State) have agreed to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider possible changes for managing wild Yellowstone bison and the non-native disease brucellosis.

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State's First Rabies Case Serves As Good Vaccination Reminder

March 19, 2014

The state’s first rabies quarantine of 2014, issued last week for Big Horn County, should serve as a good reminder for pet owners to review vaccination records for their dogs, cats and ferrets.

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Big Horn County Quarantined for Rabies

March 18, 2014

A rabies quarantine in Big Horn County was issued last week after several dogs at a single premises killed a skunk that tested positive for rabies.

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Porcine Epidemic Virus (PED) Found in Montana

February 10, 2014

Test results have confirmed Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PED) at a swine production facility in Montana.

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Have You Received Your Livestock Per Capita Fee Reporting Form?

January 14, 2014

The Montana Department of Revenue’s Property Assessment Division has begun mailing out property reporting forms, and livestock owners should receive their forms soon.

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Board of Livestock Backs No Action Alternative on Year-Round Bison EA

January 14, 2014

The Montana Board of Livestock has weighed in on a draft environmental analysis (EA) regarding year-round tolerance of bison outside of Yellowstone National Park by initially endorsing the no-action alternative (Alternative A).

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