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Published June 21, 2012, 10:42 AM

North Dakota further eases Minnesota cattle import requirements

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota once again is treating cattle imports from most of Minnesota the same way it treats cattle coming from other states.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota once again is treating cattle imports from most of Minnesota the same way it treats cattle coming from other states.

North Dakota's Board of Animal Health in February 2008 imposed import restrictions on Minnesota cattle because of bovine tuberculosis in cattle and deer in the northwestern part of that state. In June 2010, North Dakota eased the TB testing requirement for most Minnesota cattle but left in place other requirements for Minnesota cattle coming to North Dakota livestock markets.

Those requirements now have been relaxed back to the level that applies to cattle from most other states.

Minnesota last year regained its "TB-free" status. North Dakota still requires testing for cattle coming from a small area in the northwestern part of Minnesota where the TB outbreak was concentrated.

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