The Idaho Senate Ag Committee is looking at changing the eligible age cattle can be tested for brucellosis from 18 months to 12 months, impacting those in brucellosis surveillance areas, primarily in the eastern portion of the state. The Washington Ag Network’s Riley Haun said this will help Idaho get on a level playing field with its neighbors.
“Those states, Montana and Wyoming, have also reduced the age for test eligibility in the last couple of years, so this was something standing in the way of Idaho being able to freely move between these areas, because if one state only requires you test them at the age of 18 months and the other states don’t, you’re not going to be able to take them back and forth.”
The rule change, proposed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine, has already cleared the state House. The updated rule will go into effect at the end of the legislative session.
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