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The following is a summary of Indiana's animal health laws governing the transportation of cattle and bison into Indiana. Indiana's cattle and bison identification, movement, and testing laws can be viewed in more detail in 345 IAC 1-2, 345 IAC 1-3-7.5, and 345 IAC 2. For additional information, contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health Cattle & Ruminant Division at (317)544-2397 or toll free at (877)747-3038, or click here to submit an e-mail inquiry.
If the animal is to be entered in a livestock exhibition in Indiana, see also the Indiana exhibition requirements. Exhibition Requirements.
Official identification is REQUIRED for:
Three forms of official identification are recognized by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. All are approved by USDA for interstate movement.
NOTE: USDA backtags are considered official within slaughter channels only.
Records of all animal movements, including purchases, sales, leases and barter agreements must be kept for 5 years. Records must include: name and address of buyer and seller, sale date, animal ID's, breed, sex and reason for movement.
CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION
A CVI is required for entry into Indiana for all cattle and bison, both domestic and wild, with the following exceptions:
The CVI must be issued by a licensed and accredited veterinarian within the 30 days immediately prior to the animal entering Indiana. With the exception of dairy steers, if an animal is required to have official ID, then the official ID number must be recorded on the CVI.
A pre-entry permit is required for all animals that require a certificate of veterinary inspection. A permit must be obtained prior to transporting such animals into Indiana. Permits for cattle and bison may be obtained at any time by visiting www.in.gov/boah/2661.htm, or Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Eastern), with the exception of state holidays, by calling (317) 544-2397, or toll free at (877)747-3038.
No animal that has tested positive for tuberculosis, brucellosis, or any other infectious or contagious disease excluded by the State Veterinarian may enter Indiana. No animal that originates from a herd that is quarantined for tuberculosis, brucellosis, or other disease concerns may enter Indiana.
The owner of the animal(s) is responsible for completing any required testing before the animal(s) enter Indiana.
The following animals do NOT need a brucellosis test prior to entering Indiana:
All other cattle and bison must test negative for brucellosis within the 30 days immediately prior to entering Indiana.
Dairy and breeding cattle that originate from a state or zone designated Class A or Class B for brucellosis by USDA must meet the following additional requirements. As of December 2014, only cattle from Montana and Wyoming must meet the following requirements:
All other Cattle and Bison
MEXICO: Special requirements for cattle originating from Mexico.
Exhibition: Animals moving into and out of Indiana within 10 days must follow the import testing requirements listed above for the status of their state of origin. Additional dairy-specific testing is not required.
Contact BOAH at 317-544-2397 for more information.