Until recently, anyone importing cattle from Minnesota was required to test them for tuberculosis (TB). This was a result of a TB-infected herd in 2005 that led the U.S Department of Agriculture to lower Minnesota’s TB status and as a result, Wisconsin began imposing import requirements.
However, this month the USDA approved Minnesota’s application to restore their status as a TB-free state and Wisconsin will no longer require TB testing on cattle coming into our state from Minnesota. Now the only requirements will be official identification and certificates of veterinary inspection. Minnesota is one of Wisconsin’s biggest cattle trading partners, with over 69,500 head imported last year.