Arizona Livestock Incident Response Team
- ALIRT was designed to enhance the diagnosis of unexplained livestock deaths.
- ALIRT is a cooperative effort between Arizona Cattlemen's Association, Arizona Department of Agriculture, USDA, and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. A Coordinating Committee composed of representatives from the listed organizations as well as Arizona Game and Fish oversees the operation of the ALIRT program.
- ALIRT goal is to decrease response time during an animal health crisis in order to minimize any economic or animal impact. Collection of critical information and timely, adequate laboratory analysis are often the keys to a successful diagnosis.
- ALIRT covers the cost for an ALIRT trained private veterinarian to conduct a ranch visit and investigate an unusual livestock disease event. This includes costs for sample collection and laboratory costs for sample analysis. ALIRT also covers the cost for additional expertise such as range specialists or poisonous plants experts.
- ALIRT is not designed to respond to normal production animal events or to replace the normal responses between producers and veterinarians.
- What should a producer do if they find numerous unexplained sick or dead animals?
For General Correspondence
School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences
PO Box 210090
Tucson, AZ 85721