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Indiana State Board of Animal Health

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Entry Requirements: Cattle, Bison, Camelids

The following is a summary of Indiana's animal health laws governing the transportation of cattle, bison, cervids, and camelids into Indiana. The transportation laws may be found at 345 IAC 1-3. For additional information, contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health Cattle & Ruminant Division at (317)544-2397 or click here to submit an e-mail inquiry.

Animal Identification:

REQUIRED:  All animals, regardless of age, sex or breed shall be INDIVIDUALLY and officially identified with the following exceptions:

  1. Steers
  2. Animals consigned for immediate slaughter or delivered directly to a slaughter establishment
  3. Baby calves and feeder heifers from brucellosis-free and Class A states

Approved methods of identification for all of the bovine and bison species are:

    1. Official ear tag
    2. Tattoo
    3. An individual brand
    4. Registration number if accompanied by registration paper
    5. Implanted electronic ID, if accompanied by a reader and the number is listed on the CVI

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:

Required for entry into Indiana for all animals, with the following exceptions:

    1. Animals traveling direct to slaughter
    2. Animals traveling to a licensed market for resale as direct to slaughter
    3. Animal traveling to a facility for veterinary treatment that will return to the state-of-origin
    4. Animals traveling through the state without being unloaded.

Entry Permit:

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 http://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.

Testing:

No animal that has tested positive for Tuberculosis, Brucellosis, or any other infectious or contagious disease may enter Indiana. No animal that originates from a herd that is quarantined for Tuberculosis or Brucellosis may enter Indiana.

No animal that originates from a herd, premises or area under quarantine because of disease concerns may enter Indiana. No animal that has tested positive for tuberculosis, brucellosis, or any other infectious or contagious disease excluded by the State Veterinarian may enter Indiana.

Brucellosis:

Dairy and breeding cattle must test negative for Brucellosis within the 30 days immediately prior to entering Indiana. The following animals must have official identification but do not need a Brucellosis test prior to entry:

  1. Cattle that originate from a state designated Brucellosis-free by the United States Department of Agriculture.
  2. Calves under 400 pounds and under 180 days of age.
  3. Beef cattle that are under 24 months of age and that are officially vaccinated, identified with a vaccination tattoo, and accompanied by proof of vaccination.
  4. Dairy cattle that are under 20 months of age and that are officially vaccinated, identified with a vaccination tattoo, and accompanied by proof of vaccination.
  5. Animals originating from a certified Brucellosis-free herd.

Dairy and breeding cattle that originate from a state designated Class A or Class B for Brucellosis by the United States Department of Agriculture must meet the following requirements:

  1. Animals originating from a certified Brucellosis-free herd do not need a Brucellosis test to enter Indiana if the certificate of veterinary inspection accompanying the animal indicates the certified herd number and the date of the last herd test. The last herd test must have been within the 12 months immediately prior to entering Indiana.
  2. All other cattle must be tested for Brucellosis within the 30 days immediately prior to entering Indiana and are quarantined at the point of destination and must be retested for Brucellosis between 45 and 90 days after entry.

Tuberculosis:
Dairy Cattle

  • All sexually intact female cattle of dairy breeds (including crossbreeds), six months of age or older, must test negative for TB within 60 days prior to entering Indiana, regardless of the state of origin.
  • Exhibition animals moving into and out of Indiana within 10 days must follow the import testing requirements listed below for the status of their state of origin. Additional dairy-specific testing is not required.

All other Cattle and Bison

TB-Free states and zones
Cattle or bison, excluding dairy breed females (see above), may move with no restrictions.

Modified Accredited Advanced States or Zones
(most of Michigan, New Mexico and California)
Cattle and bison, excluding dairy breed females (see above), must test negative for tuberculosis within 60 days prior to entering Indiana if they are 18 months of age and older.

Modified Accredited States or Zones
(TB-infected zone in northeastern Michigan)

  • Steers and spayed heifers two months of age and older must test negative for tuberculosis within 60 days prior to entering Indiana.
  • All sexually intact animals must originate from herds that test negative for TB within one year prior to the date of movement into Indiana; and be individually tested within 60 days prior to entering if the animal is two months of age or older.

Exceptions to TB Testing Requirements
(all sexes, breeds, and states or zones)

  • Animals moving directly to slaughter or to slaughter through only one approved livestock facility.
  • Animals originating from an accredited her d (note accredited number must be provided).
  • Animals moved on accordance with a BOAH-approved commuter her agreement.

Identification and Documentation

Animals must be individually and officially identified and moved on a 30-day Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. A pre-entry permit may be obtained 24 hours a day from BOAH online at:  http://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, at (317) 544-2397.

Exhibition

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.

MEXICO: Special requirements for cattle originating from Mexico.

Exhibition:

If the animal is to be entered in a livestock exhibition in Indiana, see also the Indiana exhibition requirements. Exhibition Requirements.

Contact the Cattle and Ruminant division at 317-544-2397 for more information.