Cattle producers reminded of import requirements

BISMARCK – North Dakota's top agriculture and animal health officials are reminding cattle producers who send their livestock to pastures in other states that those animals must meet state importation regulations on both departure and return.

Dr. Susan Keller, the state veterinarian, said producers should work with an accredited veterinarian to ensure that cattle will meet all requirements.

“Drought may cause a severe shortage of forage in this state and others this year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “That means more producers may consider sending their cattle elsewhere.”

Keller said North Dakota landowners who are pasturing out-of-state livestock must likewise be sure those animals meet North Dakota importation requirements.

“Once cattle cross a state border, they may be considered to be a resident of the state they are in,” Keller said. “The returning importation requirements will vary depending on the state from which they are returning; how long they have been there and the extent they were comingled with other cattle.”

Goehring said the best option for some producers will be moving feed to the animals, rather than transporting animals to the feed sources.

More information about importation regulations is available at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website at  www.nd.gov/ndda/program/animal-importation-requirements.