Quarantine can be very costly to a producer. The biggest cost typically arises from having to feed hay outside of the usual winter feed-season, particularly if the herd is not allowed to access any pastures for grazing. Several management options are available to producers to reduce the risk of cattle contracting brucellosis.
Management options are outlined in the presentation below, along with annual costs. Producers should weigh the cost of a particular practice against its potential benefit (ie. reduced brucellosis risk), to determine whether it is economically worthwhile. Every operation is unique – facing a different level of brucellosis risk, a different cost of quarantine, and a different cost for particular management activities. The presentation below provides a few examples to help producers estimate their operation’s unique costs and benefits.
Do you want a better understanding of your herd’s risk of getting brucellosis? Contact Wyoming State Veterinarian Jim Logan at 307-857-4140, or Assistant State Veterinarian Bob Meyer at 307-777-6443. They can help you develop a voluntary and confidential “Herd Plan”.