A group of government and university groups collaborated in a $3.6 million project to protect cattle from bovine tuberculosis in high-risk areas.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development worked with cattle farmers, the Alpena and other conservation districts, state and federal government agencies and the Michigan State University Extension. The Associated Press reports the groups completed a three-year goal to remove the possibility of wild white-tailed deer from contaminating feed and water sources in northern Lower Michigan areas with bovine TB.

Precautions include added fences and other management techniques.