Minnesota Cattle Restrictions Under Question

US - After a couple of months of studying information on its neighbor’s livestock, North Dakota’s Board of Animal Health could decide this week whether to change import restrictions on Minnesota cattle that have been in place for nearly a year.
calendar icon 15 December 2008
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A spokeswoman for Minnesota’s Board of Animal Health said officials in that state have not openly lobbied for the restrictions to be lifted but they have been “more than happy” to answer any questions from North Dakota on efforts to deal with bovine tuberculosis in northwestern Minnesota, reports GrandforksHerald.

According to the news association, the North Dakota board is to hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday. State Veterinarian Susan Keller said the restrictions will be a topic.

The board imposed them in February because of bovine TB in northwestern Minnesota cattle and wild deer. In October, the federal Agriculture Department granted Minnesota “split-state status” for bovine TB, which lessened testing requirements for all cattle producers in the state except those in parts of four northwestern counties where the disease has been found.

North Dakota’s Board of Animal Health historically has not recognized split-state designations.

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