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      Governor Dayton proclaims TB-Free Day in Minnesota

      Posted on December 07, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      Governor Dayton proclaimed today, December 7, 2011, as TB-Free Day in Minnesota, at a press conference honoring the dedication and perseverance of everyone involved in eliminating bovine TB from Minnesota.

      For the past six years, Minnesota has worked to eradicate bovine TB and regain its statewide TB-Free Status. With the help of nearly 500 veterinarians, Minnesota producers have tested more than 800,000 head of cattle and Minnesota deer hunters and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have tested nearly 14,000 wild deer for TB.

      Minnesota's efforts have raised the bar in disease eradication by showcasing how producers and local, state, and federal agencies should work together, work quickly, and work effectively to eliminate a disease. To read the proclamation, click here.

      The Associated Press highlighted today's event:

      Ranchers, elected officials and agriculture groups are celebrating success in Minnesota's 6-year fight to regain tuberculosis-free status for state bovine herds.

      Gov. Mark Dayton promoted Minnesota's upgraded status, which was formally conferred by federal officials in October. The distinction makes it easier for producers to move their cattle across state lines and relaxes an aggressive testing regime for most areas.

      To read the full story, click here.