The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) hosted a symposium on the future of the
The goal was to provide a comprehensive assessment of the current National TB Program and challenges within an evolving cattle industry and to present recommendations to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help craft a program for the future.
Key recommendations for the importation of infected cattle include:
a. Requiring official electronic identification is not warranted at this time, but penalties should be increased if existing identification is removed.
b. Require feedlot registration and implement restrictions on breeding cattle if feedlots are feeding Mexican cattle.
c. A Federal-State-Industry outreach program is needed.
d. Develop specific rules for rodeo and other timed-event cattle imported from
e. Requiring an additional port of entry TB test is only feasible with advent of a rapid test.