Comment Period Extended on Draft Brucellosis Plan

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The Montana Department of Livestock is extending the public comment period on its draft brucellosis action plan by three weeks through Saturday, Nov. 1.

State veterinarian Dr. Martin Zaluski said the public has expressed “significant interest” in the plan and is asking for more time to comment.

The draft plan is required by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for reinstatement of brucellosis-free status for Montana. It defines management areas for the state and outlines strategies for each area based on the level of risk.

The draft plan is available on the department’s Web site and copies will also be available at livestock markets throughout the state and from producer groups.