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Montana cattle easier to move into Iowa

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has declared Montana a brucellosis free state, which will make it easier for Iowa cattlemen to import animals from Montana.

Montana had lost its free status after the discovery of cattle herd infections in 2007 and 2008. Now that they are again in free status cattle can move from Montana into Iowa without the extensive testing that was previously required.

“Iowa imports a lot of cattle from Montana and this announcement will help Iowa cattlemen.” said Iowa AG Secretary Bill Northey.

Iowa imported 159,899 feeder and breeder cattle from Montana in 2008, down from over 193 thousand in 2007.

Brucellosis is a contagious disease that affects both animals and humans. The disease mainly affects cattle, bison and swine; however sheep, goats, horses and humans are susceptible as well.

Restrictions on moving cattle interstate become less stringent as a state approaches or achieves class free status.

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