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Wisconsin Will Now Require a Negative HPAI Test in Order to Exhibit Dairy Cows at Fairs and Shows - What Producers Need to Know

The state of Wisconsin is now requiring a negative highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) (H5N1) test in order for exhibitors to showcase lactating dairy cows at local fairs and exhibitions within the state. This comes off the heels of a recent announcement made by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), stating that the requirement will go into effect on June 19.


According to Wisconsin officials, producers wishing to exhibit lactating dairy cows must receive a negative test for Influenza A at an approved National Animal Health Laboratory Network Lab, with samples collected no more than seven days prior to the event.


Currently, the tests are available at no cost through the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Officials say the order will remain in place until 60 days after the last detection of the pathogen in cattle herds in the U.S.


By TAYLOR LEACH

June 12, 2024

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