Federal Restrictions Hit Minn. Livestock
New federal restrictions meant to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis may force the state’s livestock producers to spend more time and money shipping their cattle and bison out of state.
The new restrictions take effect Wednesday. State officials had been gearing up for them since the discovery of another infected herd in February.
The restrictions will not affect animals going to slaughter or coming from herds certified as TB-free. But other animals being shipped out of state – primarily feeder cattle, breeding stock and replacement dairy cows – will have to pass tests first.