USDA: Minnesota has no bovine tuberculosis

An outbreak infected a dozen cow herds in northwestern Minnesota several years ago. It was just this year that state officials announced the disease had been eradicated from the state.
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An outbreak infected a dozen cow herds in northwestern Minnesota several years ago. It was just this year that state officials announced the disease had been eradicated from the state.

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