The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) issued a restriction on the importation of dairy cattle due to the recent outbreak of HPAI. The order requires all breeding female dairy cattle entering the state to first have a permit issued by the NDA.

To obtain a permit, dairy producers will need to contact the NDA and consult with their local veterinarian. The importation order will be in place until April 30, 2024. It will be re-evaluated at that time.

In addition to applying for a permit to import cattle into the state, the NDA recommends that dairy producers adhere to strict biosecurity practices. This includes quarantining new animals into herds for 30 days.

If dairy producers notice symptoms such as a sudden drop in milk production, changes in milk color/consistency, decreased feed intake and other clinical signs, they should contact their herd veterinarian and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture immediately.

Read more about the NDA dairy cattle permit here.