Cattle Tuberculosis Testing and Desire to Build New Cattle Stable, 1908

Cattle Tuberculosis Testing and Desire to Build New Cattle Stable, 1908
Date: 
October 16 - December 5, 1908

Acting Chief of Bureau A. M. Farrington relays Dr. B. T. Woodward's findings from his investigation, which the Secretary of the Interior ordered, of the Carlisle Indian School's cattle herd. Farrington states that in October 1908, 23/71 cows had tuberculosis compared to 20 cows in June 1907. Farrington argues that this increase is the result of unsanitary and unsafe conditions in the basement of a bank barn. Farrington believes the best solution would be to build an entirely new stable with rooms to clean milking utensils and to have the infected animals slaughtered offsite.

Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs C. F. Larrabee informs the Carlisle Superintendent Moses Friedman that he agrees that a new stable should be built but that it may be impossible to fund its construction. Larrabee also thanks Farrington for his report and asks him for diagrams and the estimated cost of a new stable.

Farrington informs Commissioner F. E. Leupp that the 23 infected cows were slaughtered in Harrisburg. Postmortem inspections indicated that all 23 did have tuberculosis, with 18 cases being localized enough to use the caracasses for beef.

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Repository: 
National Archives and Records Administration
Location: 
RG 75, CCF Entry 121, #70520-1908-Carlisle-733