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Kansas implements new dairy cattle movement order

Kansas implements new dairy cattle movement order

By Scout Nelson

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health has introduced a crucial order to manage the movement of lactating dairy cattle across the state. This decision follows recent cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) detected in dairy herds. The new regulations took effect at noon on April 22, 2024, focusing on stringent biosecurity to curb the disease's spread.

Under the new order, all lactating dairy cattle entering or moving within Kansas must have a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI). This certificate needs to confirm that no cattle at the farm of origin have shown symptoms consistent with H5N1 in the past 30 days. If a farm cannot provide this assurance, the movement permit application will be escalated for a detailed risk assessment by a KDA veterinarian.

The outcome of this assessment may lead to additional pre-movement testing requirements, ensuring that the disease does not spread through cattle transportation. The order stipulates that cattle transfers that do not involve change of ownership must also comply with these new rules. Cows sent directly for slaughter are exempt from these requirements.

Currently, avian influenza has been confirmed in 30 herds across eight states, with evidence suggesting possible cow-to-cow transmission. Lactating dairy cows remain particularly vulnerable, both in clinical signs and diagnostic results. Continuing strict biosecurity practices is vital for protecting cattle health and preventing further outbreaks.

As the situation evolves, further updates and guidelines are expected to be issued by KDA. For more information on the new regulations or to apply for movement permits, dairy operators are encouraged to contact their local veterinarians or the Kansas Department of Agriculture directly.

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