TB in Cattle? The Latest on the Investigation in Montana

The head of the Montana Department of Livestock gave several important updates during the Montana Stockgrowers Annual Convention and Trade Show this week in Billings.

One of the biggest issues ranchers are keeping a close eye on is the report of tuberculosis (TB) in a cow that came from a ranch on the Montana Hi Line earlier this summer. Several adjacent ranches have had their herds quarantined, but the good news is that TB has not been found in any of the adjacent herds.

Mike Honeycutt, the Executive Officer for the Montana Department of Livestock, gave me the latest update Wednesday morning from the convention floor:

Honeycutt: So we go back to August timeframe, we had a Montana origin animal that was slaughtered at a federally inspected slaughter facility in Minnesota. It had lesions that appeared to be TB, they were tested and confirmed to be TB inside the animal. From there we had to work back. With that ranch we did a whole herd test with that ranch. We did find positive animals in that resident herd. So then that puts us out to looking at all the neighbors, the adjacents, everybody that’s grazed in common, everyone who’s contributed animals to that

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