Senate committee grants bovine TB detection funds

CNJ Staff

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M., voted Thursday with the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide federal funding to continue research carried out in New Mexico to more rapidly detect livestock diseases such as bovine tuberculosis (TB), according to a news release from his office.

Domenici serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee that Thursday approved the FY2008 Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Bill. The bill will be considered by the full Senate later this summer, the release reads.

“The current bovine TB cloud hanging over New Mexico only underscores the necessity that we find better ways to identify, control and eradicate these livestock diseases. This bill will continue funding for work in New Mexico to improve early detection of diseases like TB or other livestock ailments that can cripple an entire industry,” Domenici said in the release.

Domenici has been working with the USDA and its animal and plant health inspection service to address the positive TB test in dairy herds in eastern New Mexico. He has pressed the USDA to make resources available to handle the situation and work toward preserving New Mexico’s statewide TB-free status. Without the TB-free status, livestock producers in the state would be subject to costly animal testing, the release said.