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Minnesota’s & New Mexico's bTB Status Upgraded

07 October 2011

US - The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the boundaries of the bovine tuberculosis (bTB) risk classification zones for the states of Minnesota and New Mexico, lessening restrictions on movement of cattle and bison.

In Minnesota, portions of Lake of the Woods, Roseau, Marshall and Beltrami counties, which were previously classified as modified accredited advanced, now meet the requirements for accredited-free status. The entire state of Minnesota now meets the requirements for accredited-free status. These actions lessen restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of Minnesota.

In New Mexico, Curry and Roosevelt counties, which were previously classified as modified accredited advanced, now meet the requirements for accredited-free status. The entire state of New Mexico now meets the requirements for accredited-free status. These actions lessen restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of New Mexico.

APHIS classifies states or zones within states according to their prevalence levels of bovine tuberculosis. There are five classifications: accredited-free, modified accredited advanced, modified accredited, accreditation preparatory and non-accredited.

Restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison become less stringent as a state approaches or achieves accredited-free status.

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