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ALPC to stop subsidizing brucellosis vaccinations

6/10/2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Last week, the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission voted to end the $2.50 subsidy it pays veterinarians to vaccinate calves for brucellosis.  

The cost-saving measure is designed to shore up the state’s overall brucellosis eradication program. The program, which is funded by a $1 tax on every cow sold in the state, is facing financial shortfalls because of dropping cattle sales.   

Vets in the state vaccinated more than 19,000 calves for brucellosis last year. When these cuts go into effect July 1, vets will have the same access to brucellosis vaccines, but they will no longer be compensated by the state for administering them. 

For more information, contact Travis Justice at 501-228-1211.

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