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NDA Steps Up Livestock Importation Surveillance Work

35 Quarantines Issued To Those Violating Importation Requirements


LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach is reminding livestock producers to follow the state’s importation requirements when moving animals into Nebraska


“The importation requirements are in place to help protect the health of Nebraska ’s animals,” said Ibach.  “When people disregard the importation orders, they put the viability of all Nebraska livestock owners at risk.”


“They also put at risk Nebraska ’s reputation as one of the top livestock and meat production states in the nation,” Ibach said.  “These are risks our state cannot afford.”


Ibach said NDA began increasing livestock importation surveillance last year, after the state dealt with bovine tuberculosis cases from 2009 to 2011 and after the state experienced an influx of cattle from the drought-stricken South in 2011.  The increased surveillance includes random livestock vehicle stops near the state borders, as well as additional detailed review of livestock health certificates as they come into the NDA offices.  NDA also is conducting a review of its existing import orders and regulations.

Several violations of importation requirements have been detected by the additional surveillance work.  Since September, NDA investigators have issued 35 quarantines of animals that were being improperly imported into the state. 


“There are a number of diseases of concern to Nebraska ’s livestock industry that recently have gained increasing attention nationwide.  Among these are brucellosis, tuberculosis and trichomoniasis,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes.  “It is important for those importing animals into Nebraska to follow the most current import regulations and orders.”


Hughes said, “It is the responsibility of the NDA to help protect our state’s livestock herd, but producers must share that responsibility and do the right thing by following all import regulations.”


Producers who are considering moving livestock from another state into Nebraska need to contact the NDA State Veterinarian’s office to learn about specific import requirements.  Staff can be reached by calling (402) 471-2351.  Import regulations and orders also can be reviewed online at  It is also advised that producers moving livestock from Nebraska into another state contact the destination state to learn their latest import requirements.



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