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Montana Department Of Livestock Accepting Public Comment for Administrative Rule Changes


July 11, 2018

CONTACT: Dr. Eric Liska, Montana Department of Livestock, (406) 444-3374; Dr. Tahnee Szymanski, Montana Department of Livestock, (406) 444-2043

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) will be holding public meetings seeking comment on a number of proposed rule changes.

Public Meetings have been scheduled in the following communities: July 17th, 9 a.m. at Absarokee Elementary School; July 17th, 2 p.m. at Bridger Elementary; July 18th, 9 a.m. at The Eagles in Big Timber; July 23rd, 10 a.m. at Jefferson High in Boulder; July 24th, 10 a.m. at Townsend School.

Of particular note are the changes to rule 32.3.436. The change would require all female cattle over 12 months of age to be official vaccinated for brucellosis in any county that contains or borders a brucellosis designated surveillance area (DSA). Currently, female cattle in Gallatin, Madison, Park, and Beaverhead Counties are required to be vaccinated; the proposed rule would expand that requirement to Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Jefferson, and Broadwater Counties.

The mission of the Montana Department of Livestock is to control and eradicate animal diseases, prevent the transmission of animal diseases to humans, and to protect the livestock industry from theft and predatory animals. For more information on the Montana Department of Livestock, visit


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