New Cattle Importation Rules| 9/14/2012
"The North Dakota State Board of Animal Health recently clarified the trichomoniasis requirements for cattle entering North Dakota," said State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller. "North Dakota producers should consult their veterinarian before bringing in animals from out of state."
Keller said that the board voted to let female cattle, including cow and calf pairs, to enter unrestricted only if the cows are confirmed pregnant or they are with their own calf prior to rebreeding. Cows that aren`t pregnant will be allowed into the state only if they are virgin heifers or if they are restricted to dry lot premises for feeding and slaughter only.
A venereal disease of cattle caused by the protozoan Trichomonas foetus, trichomoniasis can result in widespread infertility and abortion. The disease can be economically devastating. It is not transmissible to humans.
"Due to severe drought conditions across the U.S., we expect more cattle will be moving into North Dakota this fall," Keller said. "North Dakota producers receiving these cattle can be held responsible if requirements are not met."
Keller adds that veterinarians who sign certificates of veterinary inspection should call the state veterinarian`s office at (701) 328-2655 for requirements before importation of the animals.