North Dakota Adds New Rules for Cattle Imports

North Dakota Adds New Rules for Cattle Imports          

Dakota Farmer

The State Board of Animal Health has ordered additional import restrictions on Mexican-branded (M-branded) cattle and cattle used in rodeo events.

M-branded cattle must be accompanied by proof of two negative bovine tuberculosis tests by USDA-accredited veterinarians with the last test within 60 days prior entering North Dakota. All cattle used for rodeos and timed events, such as team roping events, must have a negative bovine TB test within 12 months prior to importation into North Dakota.

“The board is well aware of the threat of bovine tuberculosis from M-branded cattle, as well as from cattle used in rodeos and timed events that are potentially exposed to M-branded cattle,” says State Veterinarian Susan Keller.

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