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Through efforts of the State brucellosis committee a program for complete area testing was adopted in Alabama which became effective January 30, 1958. The principal deficiency in the brucellosis project during the past calendar year was lack of a program for area certification. The work will still be retarded to some extent by the requirement that 85 percent of the owners representing 85 percent of the cattle, must petition before a county can be declared for area testing.
Anticipated goals for 1958 are (1) the initial certification of six counties and (2) complete area testing under way in ten additional counties. There are no certified counties in Alabama at this time.
There are provisions for the certification of purebred brucellosis-free swine herds. This program is well accepted by the industry and is expanding with 15 herds initially certified during the year. This makes a total of 101 such herds in the State as of December 31, 1957. It is expected that this number will increase to 121 by the close of 1958.