Farmer charged with violating TB quarantine gets one month in jail, probation

STANDISH — More than 40 counts of violating the Animal Industry Act were dismissed in a plea deal for 67-year-old Lincoln Township feedlot owner Danny Koelsch, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 24 months of probation in circuit court July 30.

Koelsch, who pleaded guilty to one felony count and two misdemeanor counts of violating the Animal Industry Act in late June, was originally facing 47 counts of violating the act. Koelsch’s herd was quarantined by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development last September due the discovery of bovine tuberculosis in an animal in the herd.

The feedlot owner continued to add new livestock to the herd and sell livestock from the quarantined herd, which caused the MDARD to bring charges against Koelsch in February.

According to information from 23rd Circuit Court in Arenac County, Koelsch was also ordered to pay $7,250 in restitution during sentencing. He was credited for one day served.

Due to the discovery of the TB-positive animal, the MDARD organized circle testing at farms within a three-mile radius of Koelsch’s feedlot. Fourteen farms were identified for testing in the radius, but only those with livestock were tested. The infected animal was believed to have been purchased from Gratiot County.


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