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There is a producer driven push to change Trich testing rules that would maintain a mandatory testing angle. We would like your input. There are plans in place to hold meetings regarding this topic throughout the state.

These are the upcoming meetings planned (check back here for exact venue location in each town):

  • Quemado *Quemado High School November 9th @ 1:30 pm
  • Las Cruces *NMSU Knox Hall Rm 238 November 14th @ 6:00 pm
  • Clayton *Union County Extension Office November 16th @ 1:30 pm
  • Clovis *Curry County Fairgrounds/Extension Office November 19th @ 2:00 pm
  • Las Vegas *Luna Community College, Learning Resource Center, November 29th @ 2:00 pm
  • Cuba *Sandoval County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall Building December 15th @ 1:00 pm
  • Artisia *Central Valley Electric office Sunday, January 20th @ 3:00 pm

Please submit any opinions or comments to Ralph.Zimmerman@state.nm.us or to NMLB c/o Ralph Zimmerman 300 San Mateo Blvd NE, Ste 1000, Albq, NM 87108.

Trich Committee Members
Current Trich Cases By County

...and what does this have to do with my ranch, dairy, farm, or show animals? Why are we now discussing VFD's and VFD drugs?

Beginning January 1, 2017 a certain class of livestock drugs will find their way onto the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drug list. In 1996 Congress enacted the Animal Drug Availability Act (ADAA, Public Law 104-250) to regulate new animal drugs used in or on animal feed. These uses were limited to those allowed under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. These drugs were termed Veterinary Feed Directive drugs or VFD drugs. Continue reading...

10/19/16 Update

Please note the following relevant NM Board of Veterinary Medicine Rule 16.25.9.8.3.2 : "The veterinarian writing a veterinary food directive (VFD) order for premises in New Mexico must be a New Mexico-licensed veterinarian and present on the premises within the six (6) months preceding the issuance of the order.  All elements of the federal rules to issue a VFD order must be met and the issuing veterinarian must provide supporting documentation of the visit to the premises including medical records within fourteen (14) days of a request from the board to provide such documentation"

For additional information, click on the following links:

The FDA site for the Veterinary Feed Directive
List of distributors by state registered to sell the VFD drugs (to date)
List of the drugs transitioning
NM Board of Veterinary Medicine Rules
Read full story on the VFD here

February 2018 update

There are no confirmed cases in the state of New Mexico.

November 2016 update

There have still been no positive VS cases at the national level since the report below.  Should that change, we will place a new article on this at the top of this page.

3/4/2016 (National Situation Report below updated.)

As of November 4, 2015, there are no livestock under Vesicular Stomatitis-related Quarantine in New Mexico.

Vesicular stomatitis is a reportable disease in all fifty states.  Many states have enhanced entry requirements for livestock originating from states where livestock are under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis.  Always check with the state of destination before movement of livestock to ensure that entry requirements are met before movement from the state of origin.  Producer and private practitioner vigilance for evidence of vesicular lesions in livestock, and immediate reporting of such findings to state and/or federal animal health officials, is essential for prompt diagnosis and control of disease spread and initiation of movement controls and biosecurity measures to protect other livestock.

VSV Situation Report as of 3-4-2016
VSV Positive Premises Chart as of 10-29-2015
Vesicular Stomatitis Factsheet May 2015

See the document below, both in English and Spanish, for a discussion on how to minimize the risk of your horse getting and/or spreading the EHV-1 virus.

Minimize_Horses_EHV1_Risk.pdf
Como puede minimizar el riesgo de su caballo.pdf