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Published April 17, 2010, 12:00 AM

Farm in Brief 4/17

Board denies request for cattle exemptions BISMARCK — The North Dakota State Board of Animal Health has turned down a request to allow Canadian cattle to enter the state without testing.

Board denies request for cattle exemptions

BISMARCK — The North Dakota State Board of Animal Health has turned down a request to allow Canadian cattle to enter the state without testing.

Meeting Thursday in Bismarck, the board voted unanimously to deny a request by Korbyn Kost of Carrington, to exempt cattle he wants to import from Canada from the state’s tuberculosis and brucellosis testing and brucellosis vaccination requirements.

Kost operates a feedlot near Carrington.

Shawn Schafer, Turtle Lake, who represents the non-traditional livestock industry on the nine-member board, moved to deny the request. Melvin Leland, Sydney, Mont., who represents purebred cattle, seconded the motion.

ND tribes getting help with food aid

BISMARCK (AP) — American Indian tribes in North Dakota are getting some of the $4.5 million in federal stimulus money being awarded nationwide to boost food assistance to low-income families on and near reservations.

The Agriculture Department says the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is getting $350,000 and the Spirit Lake Sioux about $6,000.

The money is for the purchase of equipment and the improvement of facilities needed to provide food aid to needy families on and near the reservations.

Performance ram test to be held in Hettinger

Sheep producers can participate in the 2010 Performance Ram Test at the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center.

The 70-day testing period begins May 20 and concludes July 29. To be eligible, rams must have been born between Jan. 15 and March 1. The entry fee for each ram is $100, and consignors must be members of the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association.

Rams can be delivered to the testing facility at the HREC from May 10 through May 18.

The consignor and HREC agreements, entry form and NLWPA membership form are available to download at www.ag.ndsu.edu/HettingerREC/ram-test.

For more information, contact Christopher Schauer, HREC director, at 701-567-4323.

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