The Wildlife Risk Mitigation (WRM) Project from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) assists farmers in creating a biosecurity plan for their farms to minimize the risk of their cattle contracting bovine tuberculosis (TB). This is particularly important in Alpena and Montmorency counties, part of the Deer Management Unit (DMU) 452. This DMU has a higher incidence of bovine tuberculosis (TB) infection in free-ranging white-tailed deer compared to the surrounding areas. WRM not only helps open up movement for Michigan cattle both in-state and out-of-state but also gives purchasers assurance that disease prevention measures are taking place on farms located in high-risk areas of Michigan. If you're interested in participating in WRM, please contact MDARD’s Atlanta office at 888-565-8626.
For herds that are not in the Enhanced Wildlife Biosecurity Area of the Modified Accredited Zone (MAZ) and Presque Isle County herd that are not WRM-verified, cattle can only move directly to a slaughter plant.