The New Mexico Livestock Board was called to the scene of an accident involving a semi loaded with 92 steers that rolled onto its side on the eastbound I-40 fly-over. NMLB Inspectors responded quickly to the scene with other first responders and got to work resolving this potentially dangerous situation. In the end, a remarkable 88 out of the 92 cattle were saved with no human injuries reported. The Livestock Board trains for situations like this and used that training in this situation.
Special thanks to those inspectors involved directly in this incident which where: Francisco Lovato, Justin Gray, Dennis Alarid, Benjamin Gonzales, and Ralph Martinez along with our fleet coordinator Steve Silva and State Vet Dr. Ralph Zimmerman.
See links below for KOAT Channel 7's story and video along with Expo New Mexico's Press Release.
...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...
Please note the following relevant NM Board of Veterinary Medicine Rule 22.214.171.124.3.2 : "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"
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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.
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.