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Requirements for Bison Imported from Canada Changed

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At the recent State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) meeting, the board changed the requirements for bison imported from Canada to align with the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS). 

“As a result of the recent action, bison coming from areas in Canada designated as tuberculosis and brucellosis free, will no longer need to be tuberculosis and brucellosis tested,” State Veterinarian Dr. Ethan Andress said. “Additionally, the identification requirements for bison have been changed to allow for paired tags, as approved by USDA, in lieu of the CɅN brand or tattoo.” 

“After considering information presented by industry representatives and Canadian animal health officials, the board determined that this change presented negligible risk to animal health in North Dakota,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. 

The new requirements may be found at www.nd.gov/ndda/animal-health-division/animal-movement-and-importation-requirements/bison. 

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