H5N1 might impact animal movement to local fairs

H5N1 might impact animal movement to local fairs

The spread of the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus to lactating dairy cows might impact the ability to show cattle this summer at fairs.

Dr. Katie Cornille with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health tells Brownfield there might be additional precautions taken this year, but no decision has been made. “We also want to be mindful of the county fair season, and in the next day or so, we’ll be able to issue more specific guidance on that for any lactating dairy animals that may be going to an exhibition event like a county fair.”

Lisa Behnke with World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin tells Brownfield they are closely monitoring the H5N1 situation and will relay directives and new information to exhibitors and attendees as it is provided by USDA, the state, and the veterinary community.

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