Neb. bovine TB scare nearly over

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska agriculture officials expect that by spring, no more cattle herds in the state will be quarantined because no new cases of bovine tuberculosis were found in the monthslong investigation that is nearly done.

Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach said Tuesday, Dec. 22, that a "very small" number of cattle remain to be tested for the disease, and that eight herds now quarantined in seven counties will likely be free of the quarantine by spring.

At one point earlier this year, 58 herds, mostly in north-central and northeastern Nebraska, were quarantined.

The action was taken after there were two positive tuberculosis cases in a Rock County herd last spring.

Tyson CEO made $533,459 in '09

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Leland Tollett, who left retirement to lead Tyson Foods Inc. out of an industry downturn, earned $533,459 as the company's interim CEO in 2009, according to an Associated Press calculation of figures filed with regulators.

Tollett, 72, announced his retirement in November, just after the company's fiscal year ended in October. He will receive $300,000 a year to consult with the company until his death, according to documents filed Tuesday, Dec. 22, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If he dies within the first 10 years of the agreement, the payments will be made to his estate, guaranteeing $3 million.

Judge clears way for horse roundup

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A federal judge has denied a request by an animal protection group to block a roundup next week of about 2,500 wild horses in Nevada.

The mustang roundup planned for Monday, Dec. 28, would be one of the largest in Nevada in recent years.

Federal officials plan to use helicopters to force the horses into holding pens before placing them for adoption or sending them to long-term holding corrals in the Midwest.

U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman says roundup opponents have failed to demonstrate that removal of the horses would violate federal law.

Vermont recalls ground beef

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Health says ground beef from a farm in Shelburne is being recalled because of possible E. coli contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says butcher shop Harrington and Sons Packing, of Williston, recalled approximately 68 pounds of ground beef products that were produced on Dec. 15.

Most of the meat has already been retrieved and was not served to customers.

No illnesses have been reported.

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