Federal order on HPAI and dairy cattle goes into effect today

It is a big day for dairy cattle producers across the United States. A new USDA order goes into effect with new testing and reporting requirements for interstate travel.

The USDA made the announcement late last week. It requires all lactating dairy cattle to have a negative test for High Path Avian Flu, and any positive hits must be reported to APHIS.

The USDA has said it will handle the cost of testing, but in newly released guidance, APHIS says they will not reimburse farmers for a vet to collect the samples or shipping to the national lab.

Documents show non-clinical lactating dairy cows moving directly to slaughter are exempt but traceability information will still need to be provided.

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