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July 31, 2014

Colorado Update July 30, 2014: 21 New Locations Placed Under Quarantine for VS

Link to Media Release for New Colorado Cases

Texas Update July 30, 2014: 14 New Reported Cases of VS

Link to Media Release for New Texas Cases

The links below provide the latest update on Vesicular Stomatitis in New Mexico as of July 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

July 2014 VS Situation Report
July 2014 Cumulative View of VS Positive Premises
July 2014 Current Outbreak Positive VS Premises

The New Mexico Livestock Board will be holding a sealed bid auction to sell seven surplus vehicles on August 15, 2014. These vehicles can be viewed Mon-Fri from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Click the link below for the "Invitation to Bid" document, which can be filled out and mailed to our office at 300 San Mateo Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87108. The vehicles include one Ford Crown Victoria and and six Ford F-150 pickups, including 2-door, 4-door, 2wd, 4wd.  Some pictures of the vehicles can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Vehicle Invitation to Bid.pdf

July 25, 2014

A thoroughbred race horse at a training barn in Tularosa, NM has been confirmed positive for Equine Piroplasmosis. The horse was initially tested in order to enter the training barn and was found positive for Theileria equi.  That result was confirmed by testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA.  The training barn and the premises of origin for the positive horse are under quarantine and the process has begun to determine the locations of exposed horses that will have to be tested.

This disease is naturally spread by some species of tropical and subtropical ticks.  Anything that transfers blood from an infected horse can transfer the disease to another horse.  In New Mexico the disease has almost exclusively been found in racing horses.  It is believed that the disease is being spread by the re-use of contaminated hypodermic needles and syringes, blood contamination of multi-use injectable medications and in blood and serum products used to "boost" a race horse.  Often times these practices are more common in racing not conducted on sanctioned race tracks, i.e. 'bush track' racing, where there is no testing for or oversight of the medications given to these horses.  The NM Racing Commission currently requires a negative test for T. equi in order for a horse to enter a sanctioned track for racing or training purposes.

Equine Piroplasmosis USDA Factsheet

We are pleased to announce that Ellen Mary Wilson, DVM has accepted the position of New Mexico State Veterinarian starting on August 4th, 2014. Dr. Wilson comes to New Mexico with a wealth of both practicing and regulatory veterinarian knowledge and experience. She comes highly recommended by her fellow colleagues and heads of agricultural departments.

She is eager to serve the industry in New Mexico and we will support her efforts to protect New Mexico's livestock industry.

Welcome Dr. Wilson!


Because of the recent cases in the US of Vesicular Stomatitis, the NMLB is requiring, effective immediately, the following language on all Certificates of Veterinary Iinspection accompanying livestock shipments into New Mexico:

"The animal(s) on this CVI are not originating from a premises quarantined for VS or with known exposure to VS, and have been examined by me (the veterinarian issuing the CVI) and found free of any signs of VS." 

We will continue to require this statement as long as there are active VS cases in the country.


Click the link below to see the release posted by the Colorado State Veterinarian's Office.  There is always potential for the neurological form of EHV-1 to appear in association with organized livestock events involving horses. New Mexico has had no confirmed cases of neurological EHV-1 since those cases associated with the outbreak that started in Utah in 2011.  We suggest that event organizers and participants be aware of the potential for the disease to be spread at an event, and to implement biosecurity measures as Dr. Roehr outlines in the press release below: to take their horse(s) temperature daily, and not attend an event if the horse(s) temperature(s) are found to be 101.5 or greater, or if the horse(s) have any signs of respiratory illness.  Also remember that typical herpesvirus (rhinopneumonitis) vaccines for horses cannot be counted on to protect against the neurological form of the disease. There are two links at the bottom for a couple of good USDA publications on EHV-1 that you might want to download and print for interested clients, or supply the clients with the URLs for them.

Equine Herpes Myeloencephalitis in Colorado.pdf

In response to the continued progression of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in the U.S., a statement will be required until further notice on all CVIs for swine entering New Mexico:

The pigs in this shipment did not originate from a premises where porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has been diagnosed in the past 60 days, and are free of signs associated with PEDv infection.

The links below provide consise discussion of this disese.

PEDV - What Is It?
PEDv for Biosecurity Sale and Exhibition
PEDv Biosecurity Tagging and Weigh-in
PEDv Biosecurity Event Organizers

The links below describe the recent increase in horses testing positive for EHV-1 across the USA. Show season and traveling has already begun in New Mexico, and it will ramp up in the next few weeks with more 4-H Horse Events getting underway. Anyone can use the links and resources below to become aware of the biosecurity and vaccination measures that can be used to help minimize the risk of your horses contracting EHV-1.

Equine Herpesvirus (Rhinopneumonitis)
EHV-1 Outbreaks Across United States
Recommendations for Horse Show/Event Managers Regarding EHV-1 Biosecurity Procedures
General Equine Herpesvirus - 1 (EHV - 1) Biosecurity Measures
Equine Herpes Virus type 1

Click Here to view the article relating to NMLB participation in emergency disaster response training.


Our brand search engine now includes the ability to search by brand image. We designed a way to search, for example, by "hat" or "triangle," as well as for a brand containing any combination of letters and numbers. For the last five years or so, our brand department has been categorizing each brand by all of the various characteristics of its image. If a brand has both an A and a D in the image, you can check both the A and the D in the search engine and all brands with both of those characteristics are listed. You can also choose characteristics like stacked or running to further refine your search. See "Reading Brands" from the Brand Department menu on the left menu of our website for more information on brand image characteristics and lingo.  We have been using this feature for some time now internally as we have been categorizing brands, and the results are now good enough that we feel ready to open it to the public.

You should know, however, that these searches may not be perfect. If the image contains a diamond, is that also an A? Is it also a V? We tried to be consistent with these judgements, but you may need to try a few different combinations get the best results.

You might want to bookmark, or you can get to this feature from the Brand Department menu by choosing "Search for a Brand."


We thought this video may be of interest to New Mexico cattle producers. It is about, among other things, cattle rustling and the importance of branding. Here is the description given on their website:

  • Reporter Sarah Gardner rounds up some Texas Longhorn cattle. These cows, however, aren’t in the Lone Star State.
  • A Kansas Ranching family changes the color of their cattle to improve the brand.
  • Law Enforcement officials in California work to stop modern day cattle rustlers.
  • Rob Stewart travels to Idaho to meet a cattle ranching family that’s added Elk ranching to their rangeland.
Click here for the video
We are adding this website to our "Links and Documents" section. It is a website created by the EPA, and may be of interest to New Mexico livestock producers.

In the Ninth Judicial Court in Portales, two cattle thieves recently pled guilty and accepted a plea deal offered by Assistant District Attorney Andrasko and Inspector Barry Allen.

The arrests were made by Livestock Inspector Barry Allen in the spring of 2011, in Roosevelt County, for Larceny of Livestock, Tampering with Evidence, and Conspiracy. On November 12, 2013 a plea agreement was reached resulting in jail time for both offenders. Jose Bailon of Portales, NM received 18 months in prison and will be extradited by ICE agents upon his release. Jeanette Bass, also from Portales, received 6 months in jail, starting on December 1st, a $5,000 fine, and is to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $5,500.

Inspector Barry Allen and his team did an exceptional job in the investigating of the case.

ADA Matt Andrasko stated, “Cases are easy when good investigations and documentation is done”.

Click Here to view a PDF file covering this topic in both English and Spanish
Are you ready to own a horse? Click here to examine this question

Livestock familes applaud NMLB's handling of recent cruelty case near Ft. Sumner. See attached article.


Below are a few links we have found that provide information about livestock and fires, from getting prepared to responding when livestock have been affected by fires.

From UC Davis: "Wildfires, Smoke and Livestock"
From Alberta, Canada: "Wildfires and Livestock"
From Montana: "After Wildfire" - Management Strategies for Landowners

When wildfires in New Mexico threaten horses, cattle, and other large animals, the fire plans each county has in place direct them to do one thing: call the New Mexico Livestock Board. As the state’s oldest law enforcement agency, its mission is to protect the integrity of New Mexico's livestock industry by helping to keep animals free from disease and safe from theft and other threats, including fire.

Before the Livestock Board gets the call that a fire is headed toward livestock, its staff have already begun asking several questions in preparation: “Where are animals located within possible burn areas? Where would the fire have to go to force an evacuation? If the animals need to be evacuated, what’s the best route? And what pickups and trailers will we use to evacuate them? And where to?”

The Livestock Board stays prepared thanks to lots of planning, performing drill exercises, and having the right equipment – and, of course, having a statewide network of qualified officers who are well connected within their communities. The agency deploys its mobile command posts, complete with high-speed communications equipment. Livestock Board staff carry mobile panels that can quickly and easily be fitted together to form a corral. And having three veterinarians on staff makes for quick and appropriate treatment of animals suffering from smoke inhalation and other problems that arise when wildfires burn.

But the Livestock Board isn’t alone when horses, cattle, and other large animals need to relocated away from fire. Some counties are lucky to have active horse groups that can help move horses from affected areas by offering the use of their horse trailers and time. Several ranchers will often step up to offer the use of their pastures and corrals, even feed and water, to fellow ranchers whose livestock are in harm’s way. The relationships that Livestock Board staff build with local livestock owners are crucial when wildfires threaten.

The Livestock Board also partners with the New Mexico National Guard when wildfires burn. Together, the agencies will conduct surveillance from the air to locate people and animals in harm’s way and plan for their evacuation. They also work together in the delivery of feed and water to livestock.

Given that the Livestock Board is a law-enforcement agency, its staff also assist in evacuating people from the wildfires path, as well as manning roadblocks to keep people from entering dangerous areas.

When all is said and done and the fire is finally put out, the Livestock Board and its partners make sure that any livestock that had to be evacuated are claimed by their owners. Everyone’s goal, at that point, is to return the animals to the corrals and pastures that they’re used to, just as swiftly and as safely as they were evacuated from them in the first place.


The New Mexico Livestock Board is no longer licensing meat dealers.  See the attached documents for the official notice and the related legislative action.

NMLB Meat Dealer Licensing Discontinued.pdf

This is an update to the notice we sent out last week: Effective immediately, the Livestock Board is using our website to post estray notices. We will continue to post them in the Stockman as well.  . Whereas we used to post notices for 5-days when we took up an animal before estraying it, we will now do those postings on our website as well, but will not post them in newspapers. Photos or other pertinent documents may also be posted on the website to assist the owner in identifying the animals and making a claim.  In addition, we have added listings for animals reported lost or missing.

To get to the page containing these postings, go to our main website,, and click the "Lost / Found / Estray" menu choice on the left.


June 10, 2012

Our facebook page has quickly become a popular way for the public to receive the kinds of notices that appear here. When we post them there, everyone who has "liked" the page receives them in their facebook feed. But not everyone chooses to have a Facebook page. And some who do are not active enough for that to be a timely way to receive notices.

To address these situations, we have implemented an e-mail notification feature on our website as well. There is now a button on the right which says "Sign up to receive e-mail notices from the NMLB." When you click that button, you are prompted for your e-mail address. If you do that, then any time we post an update of importance to the livestock industry here and on our facebook page, we can also e-mail it out to that list. Every e-mail we send has an "unsubscribe" feature so that you can remove yourself from or add yourself to this list at any time. Click the button on the right if you wish to receive critical updates from us via e-mail.


April 14, 2009

Did you know that private veterinarians can now create valid New Mexico entry permits on line without calling our office? The first step is to sign up to be a user of this service. Then going forward, you can simply log in to our system and create entry permits which go directly to the laptops of our inspectors in the field. As long as you fax us the appropriate paperwork for all test-elligible animals and remain in commpliance with that requirement as you go, there should be no problems. As with any new system, we are very interested in your comments or feature requests as you begin to use the system. E-mail them to




The Livestock Board now has a facebook page. The purpose of this page is to provide the interested public with a way to get immediate access to updates such as those that appear here. Simply visit our page and "Like" it, and when we post any updates affecting the livestock industry in New Mexico, you will receive these on your facebook feed. Click this link to visit us on facebook:

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