The North Dakota Department of Agriculture announced tighter restrictions for cattle imported to North Dakota due to the ongoing threat of trichomoniasis.

A unanimous vote by the North Dakota State Board of Animal Health will allow female cattle including cow/calf pairs, to enter the state unrestricted only if the cows are confirmed pregnant or accompanied by their own calf prior to rebreeding. A release by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture states non-pregnant females may only be imported if they are virgin heifers or if they are restricted to dry lot premises for feeding and slaughter only.

Dr. Susan Keller, the state veterinarian, encourages producers importing cattle from outside the state to consult their veterinarian.

“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.”