Minnesota to require H5N1 testing for show cows

Minnesota’s Board of Animal Health will now require lactating dairy cattle to have a recent negative H5N1 test before going to fairs and exhibitions.

The order takes effect Tuesday, June 18th.  The show cattle must have both a negative H5N1 test result and Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. 

A veterinarian must oversee or collect samples from each animal traveling to the exhibition within seven days before arriving at the event. Samples must be sent to a National Animal Health Laboratory Network Laboratory. Once a negative result is received for an animal, it can move within Minnesota for 10 days from the sample collection date to locations specified on the CVI.

Minnesota’s order is nearly identical to the Wisconsin order issued Tuesday, June 11th.  Minnesota’s order expires December 31st.  Wisconsin’s order starts Wednesday, June 19th and expires sixty days after the last detection of H5N1 in the United States.

Testing is available to producers at no cost through USDA APHIS at NAHLN laboratories.  The University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (VDL) in St. Paul is a qualified testing site.

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