The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has eliminated all bluetongue-related import restrictions on U.S. cattle entering Canada. It also reduced testing requirements for anaplasmosis, and removed import bans on U.S. sheep, goats and other small ruminants.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association executive secretary Terry Stokes says CFIA's move toward a science-based permit system for ruminant animal imports is extremely important for U.S. producers of breeding stock — eliminating unnecessary procedures and costs. It's also significant for producers who don't export live cattle because it represents further progress toward reliable, science-based trade, he adds.