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Published August 04, 2011, 08:24 AM

Livestock producers urged to check import requirements

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota cattle producers should make sure any livestock they buy or receive from other states meets North Dakota’s import requirements.

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota cattle producers should make sure any livestock they buy or receive from other states meets North Dakota’s import requirements.

“Severe drought conditions in the South, Southwest and parts of the Midwest are forcing livestock owners to sell part or all of their herds or move them to other states for grazing or feeding,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Although we recognize the difficult circumstances facing these producers, all cattle brought into North Dakota must meet the importation requirements of the State Board of Animal Health.”

Goehring urged producers to contact the Animal Health Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at www.agdepartment.com or (701) 328-2655 for importation requirements and related information.

“We certainly empathize with producers in drought-stricken areas of the country,” said Melvin Leland, president of the Board of Animal Health. “At the same time, we want North Dakota producers who are buying or receiving cattle from other states to contact the state veterinarian’s office and make sure that our import requirements are met before purchasing and importing livestock.”

Leland said import requirements vary among the states.

“Sometimes cattle from various states are sold or commingled and then moved on one health certificate,” he said. “However, livestock may not meet import requirements if the animals haven’t been in the state they are leaving for at least 60 days.”

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