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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
There are concerns and questions about some Mid-Michigan livestock after an entire herd tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.
And the discovery has Saginaw County beef and cattle farmers are worried about their livestock and, in turn, their livelihood.
"I have a nice small herd of cattle that's important to my family as well as my children, and also the folks that buy beef from me," said local farmer Scott Peters.
The discovery of bovine tuberculosis in a Saginaw County dairy cow herd is almost unheard of. That concern is why the state's department of agriculture and rural development held an informational session for beef and cattle producers.
Scott Peters says his farm is TB free, but he says he plans to test his herd anyway. "I want to be able to assure them that they're getting a good quality product free from of any disease," said Peters.
Meanwhile, state officials are preparing to begin testing next week of 66 herds within a 10-mile radius around the farm first discovered to have infected cattle.
At a meeting held Monday night between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Agriculture, it was decided that deer hunting season will open early for dairy farmers or cattle ranchers within a 10-mile radius of the affected farm.
Farmers in the area have received applications for special deer hunting permits and will be able to keep deer after they are tested by the Department of Natural Resources.
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