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Published September 10, 2011, 03:05 PM

ND ranchers fined, ordered to remove cattle

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Board of Animal health has fined two Morton County ranchers $500 and ordered them to send 78 cows and their calves out of state for failing to meet North Dakota's importation requirements.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Board of Animal health has fined two Morton County ranchers $500 and ordered them to send 78 cows and their calves out of state for failing to meet North Dakota's importation requirements.

Authorities say Donald Hatzenbuhler and his son, Brandon, of Solen, bought the cattle from a South Dakota dealer. Documentation found that all but one of the animals were from Texas.

North Dakota rules require cattle from Texas to be tested for bovine tuberculosis prior to being brought into the state.

The disease causes severe coughing, fatigue, emaciation and debilitation in cattle and results in reduced milk and meat production.

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