Livestock Briefs: Herds test positive for bovine tuberculosis
GRAND ISLAND, NE
Nebraska State Fair board approves new livestock show fees
Those looking to show their prized farm animals at next year's Nebraska State Fair will have to pony up a little more.
The Grand Island Independent reports that the Nebraska State Fair board voted Friday to institute a bedding fee to help defray the cost of bedding provided for livestock shown at the fair. The fees will help pay for the bedding and for its removal and disposal.
The fee will be $15 for beef cattle and dairy cattle for 4-H, FFA and open class. It will be $5 for sheep, goats and swine.
The board also approved a $3 per head fee for market animals for 4-H and FFA to help defray the cost of drug testing.
Officials schedule meetings to discuss bovine TB discoveries
State officials have scheduled a meeting for cattle farmers in two northern Michigan counties where herds recently tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says the potentially fatal disease recently was confirmed in a large dairy cattle herd in Alpena County and a large beef herd in Montmorency County.
They are the 67th and 68th herds identified with bovine TB in Michigan since 1998.
Both were located in an area where herds must be tested annually and cattle must be tested before they are taken off the farm to prevent spread of the illness.
The producer meeting is scheduled for Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the department's office in Atlanta.
Tournament of Roses cancels horse show after virus outbreak
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has canceled its annual horse show, Equestfest, because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus.
The show was scheduled for Dec. 30 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank.
But the center was quarantined last month after vets found 13 cases of the virus, EHV-1, which can cause neurological and respiratory disease and foal death.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune says tournament officials couldn't find a replacement venue in time and had to cancel the show for the first time in 17 years.
However, the outbreak won't keep equestrian units out of the Rose Parade.
The tournament plans to follow anti-infection protocols by limiting contact between horses during the Jan. 2 parade and making sure they don't share water or equipment.
Church group buying dozens of goats for Haiti families
A Vicksburg church group is buying dozens of goats for families in Haiti hurt by the recent hurricane.
The Vicksburg Post reports that a group of 4- and 5-year-olds at First Baptist Church Vicksburg started gathering the donations anticipating they might be able to buy a few goats.
Instead, church member Jessica Green says the effort has grown so much that they're going to be able to buy 60 goats for families hurt by Hurricane Matthew.
Green says they also received some help from her hometown church, New Zion Baptist in Crystal Springs.
She said that after the hurricane a lot of families lost livestock and so goats are something they can use as livelihood to make cheese and milk.