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Monday, January 6, 2014 - 11:16pm
El Paso, Texas (KDBC) — A more than decade long ban on dairy farms in El paso county is one step closer to being lifted. The Texas Animal Health Commission is conducting a bovine tuberculosis risk assessment of livestock in the region, with the hopes of lifting the ban.
The ban on dairy farms was implemented back in 2001, following a big TB outbreak in the region. Bovine TB can be spread to humans. The state was unable to trace the source of the outbreak, but in 2006 the state regained its bovine tuburculosis free status.
Two information meetings will be held by the agency prior to testing. The first will place Tuesday, January 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Hudspeth County Community Center Building in Fort Hancock.
The second will occur here in El Paso on Wednesday, January 22nd at 9 a.m. At the Texas A & M AgriLife Research Center.