North Dakota eases import requirements on Minnesota cattle

BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Board of Animal Health has relaxed importation requirements for Minnesota-origin cattle from all areas of Minnesota, except a small tract, formerly known as the “Bovine TB Management Zone.” 

“Minnesota's livestock producers, the Minnesota state veterinarian, and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and Department of Natural Resources have worked hard to eradicate bovine tuberculosis and to restore Minnesota's TB-free status,” said Dr. Susan Keller, North Dakota state veterinarian. “North Dakota is confident that Minnesota cattle can be imported without additional testing.”

Keller said North Dakota will continue to require a negative, whole herd TB test and a 60-day, negative TB test for individual animals from herds within the former bovine TB management zone, a small area in northern Minnesota.

Minnesota's TB outbreak started in 2005 when the disease was detected in a Roseau County herd. The North Dakota Board of Animal Health responded at that time by ordering additional testing of cattle imports from Minnesota.