Two cows from Campbell County, WY, both 11 years old, tested positive for brucellosis. Wyoming lost it brucellosis-free classification in February after the disease was discovered in cattle near Boulder in December, and in six more near Worland in January.
The latest cases were from a herd of 80 head that were part of a consignment sent to a Pierre, SD, livestock sale June 23. These are the first Wyoming cases to have occurred outside the greater Yellowstone area. In the earlier incidents, diseased cows were known to have had proximity to state elk feed grounds located in the greater Yellowstone area.
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has appointed a coordination team to develop recommendations to help restore Wyoming's brucellosis-free status and eradicate the disease. The team is said to be about midway in that effort.