USDA has raised Texas's TB designation from modified accredited advanced to accredited free. The agency says Texas has met the criteria for accredited-free status by demonstrating it has a zero percent prevalence of infected cattle or bison herds and has had no significant findings of TB in any cattle or bison herds in the two years since the depopulation of the last affected herd in the state. Under this status, cattle or bison that originate in an accredited-free state may be moved interstate without restriction.
This interim rule appeared in the Oct. 3 Federal Register and was effective upon publication.
-- Joe Roybal