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State Department of Agriculture Announces Testing Requirements to Prevent Spread of HPAI


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The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Tuesday that dairy cattle entering contests and exhibitions are subject to new testing requirements in order to stop the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).

Lactating dairy cattle must show negative results within seven days of an event to be allowed entry. This includes cattle being entered into the Great New York State Fair, as well as other county fairs and shows. These orders follow guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plants Health Inspection Service.

The new testing requirements come after New York placed temporary import requirements on dairy cattle coming from out of state back in April. Farm owners and workers are encouraged to maintain protective practices to prevent the further spread of HPAI.

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