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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.
REQUIRED: All animals regardless of purpose or ultimate destination must be identified and the numbers must be on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:
Required. Must be completed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian within the 30 days immediately prior to the animal entering Indiana. Although a certificate of veterinary inspection is not required for animals consigned for immediate slaughter or delivered directly to a slaughter establishment, the animals must be individually identified with the Identification record on the CVI. Shipments of slaughter animals must be accompanied by a shipping manifest of bill of lading that documents the movement.
Required. A permit to transport cattle, bison and cervids into Indiana must be obtained prior to transporting such animals into Indiana. Additionally, prior to import, cervid owners must fill out a Pre-Import permit prior to being given a permit number for importation. This can take 5 to 7 days. With the exception of the cervid requirements, permits for other animals may be obtained at any time by calling (317) 544-2397.
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.
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:
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:
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)
Exceptions to TB Testing Requirements
(all sexes, breeds, and states or zones)
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 at (317) 544-2397.
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.
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 for more information.