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April 14, 2017

April Board Meeting next week

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The next quarterly meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Board's St. Paul office building.

Room B144
Orville Freeman Building
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155


Agenda Items*

12:30 p.m.
Call meeting to order – Dean Compart
Notice of Meeting
Approval of Minutes
Approval of Agenda

Beth Thompson
Board of Animal Health Update
Legislative Update

Morgan Grelson
Budget Update

Stephan Schaefbauer
USDA Update

Jerry Torrison
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update

Trevor Ames
University of Minnesota Update

Brenda Hartkopf
Elk Production

Melissa and Steve Uchytil
White-tailed Deer Production

Daryl Simon
Reindeer Production

Paul Anderson and Lou Cornicelli
Chronic Wasting Disease Update

Dale Lauer
Avian Influenza Preparedness

Alison Slaats
MN.IT Interactive HPAI Mapping Demonstration

Peter Karpe
Horse Carcass Disposal

(Closed Session)
Election of Officers
Appointment of Executive Director

*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.

Upcoming Animal Disease Traceability meeting

Meeting flyer with details on the event and images

Join the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at a public meeting with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. The spring meeting will focus on Animal Disease Traceability (ADT), which means knowing the location of diseased and at-risk animals, where they've been and when.

Who: You, or anyone involved in the cattle and bison industry.

What: Animal Disease Traceability public feedback meeting.

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Airport, 7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425

When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Why: Efficient and accurate animal disease traceability helps reduce the number of animals involved in an investigation, reduces the time needed to respond, and decreases costs to producers and the government.

Feedback and questions on other aspects of traceability are also welcome as the government continues to implement a successful, practical and affordable system. APHIS and the Board will provide an update on the accomplishments of “Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate” and discuss what leads to traceability gaps or shortfalls.

If you plan to attend a meeting, register online in advance at this link. Same-day, on-site registration is also available.

Training opportunity

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Want free lunch at a free meeting for a worthwhile cause? Attend a Foreign Animal Disease training in May! The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health are hosting three trainings around the state next month.

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Alexandria Technical and Community College, 1601 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, MN
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at SW Minnesota State University, 1501 State Street, Marshall, MN
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Hennepin County Emergency Operations Center, 1600 Prairie Drive, Medina, MN

All trainings are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Although there is no cost to attend the course, you should pre-register by contacting

Topics include incident command system review, HPAI response overview, and personal protective equipment.