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Texas, New Mexico officials investigate mystery dairy cattle illness

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Texas, New Mexico, and USDA are investigating a mystery illness affecting milk cows.

Dr. Brian Bohl with the Texas Animal Health Commission tells Brownfield the illness was reported around March 7th but has been affecting dairy cows since early February. “It doesn’t appear to affect the dry cows or the dry heifers. It doesn’t appear to affect fresh cows or fresh heifers, but it appears to affect mid-lactation cows generally middle-aged to older cows.”

Bohl says the affected dairies have between two and ten percent of their herds affected, and producers are watching the symptoms using modern technology.

Texas, New Mexico officials investigate mystery dairy cattle illness