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Humphries, Averill, Koivisto & others at Hillman bovine TB meeting

Submitted by on October 8, 2010 – 6:24 amNo Comment

Livestock producers and interested citizens are invited to a public meeting in Hillman to learn more about the progress of the state’s bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication and wildlife risk mitigation efforts.

The meeting is being held on Monday, October 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hillman Community Center.  The list of state officials expected to be at the meeting includes Rebecca Humphries, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment; Dr. James Averill, bovine TB project coordinator for the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA); Don Koivisto [KOY-VISTO], Director of the MDA; and Wayne Wood, president of the Michigan Farm Bureau.

Conservationists from the Alpena Conservation District will provide updates on the state’s wildlife risk mitigation efforts.

While the meeting was not prompted by the latest discovery of TB-positive herds in Emmet County, these findings and their potential impact on Michigan’s federal TB status adds to a mounting list of questions farmers might have.

The Alpena Conservation District is organizing tours of three area farms in advance of the meeting, on October 15.  The three farms have already implemented wildlife risk mitigation practices.  The tours are free but an RSVP is required by October 13 for bus seating and lunch. For more information call 356-3596.