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Indiana State Board of Animal Health

BOAH > Species Information > Swine/Pigs > Indiana Entry Health Requirements: SWINE Indiana Entry Health Requirements: SWINE

The following is a summary of Indiana's animal health laws governing the transportation of swine into Indiana. Indiana's swine identification, movement, and testing laws can be viewed in more detail in 345 IAC 1-2, 345 IAC 1-3-11, and 345 IAC 3. For additional information, contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health Swine Division at (317) 544-2381 or toll free at (877)747-3038, or click here to submit an e-mail inquiry.

IDENTIFICATION

Official identification is required for all swine and must be applied at the earliest of the following:

  • The first point of comingling with swine from any other source
  • Upon unloading at a livestock market
  • Before transfer of ownership
  • Before arrival at the animal's final destination

Exceptions:

  • Animals moved as part of an approved commuter herd agreement
  • Animals born and raised on the same premises and transported directly to slaughter, without any commingling with animals from another source

The following forms of official identification are accepted by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health:

  • Official eartag, as approved by USDA, must include US shield
  • PIN tag. If used as official ID for movement, rather than just official ID for slaughter, the PIN tag must include a unique management ID imprinted by the manufacturer.
  • Tattoo bearing the premise ID of the farm of origin
  • Ear notch, only registered purebred swine may move on their ear notch (Crossbred swine must have an approved official eartag.)
  • Backtag or swine tattoos approved by the state veterinarian for swine moving to slaughter. Tattoos of at least 4 characters may be used on market hogs, but may not be used on sows or boars.

For additional information regarding ID requirements go to: www.in.gov/boah/2648.htm.

PIN Tags
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, many major U.S. pork packers and processors will require a USDA-approved, official premises identification number (PIN) swine tag on all breeding swine they purchase.

PIN tags are applied to breeding stock prior to going to slaughter as a means to do a post-slaughter trace. Tags are considered official ID, and must not be removed at any point in the life of the animal. Application of the PIN tags is the responsibility of the producer. The number on the tag coincides with the premises ID number of the farm the sow or boar was on prior to harvest. In Indiana, the premID number is issued by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.   

Packers/processors that have announced a PIN tag requirement in all breeding swine include: Johnsonville, Hillshire Brands, Calihan Pork Processors, Bob Evans Farms, Wampler's Farm Sausage, Pine Ridge Farms, Pioneer Packing Co., Pork King Packing, and Abbyland Pork Pack.    

Industry-wide Information on PIN Tags    

Approved PIN Tag Suppliers  

Updated Dec. 3, 2014  Swine PIN Tags Animal Health Advisory      


DOCUMENTATION

CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION
A CVI is required for entry into Indiana for all swine, both domestic and wild, with the following exceptions:

  • Animals traveling directly to slaughter, or directly to a licensed market for resale as direct to slaughter
  • Animals traveling directly to a licensed market that do not move interstate from that facility unless accompanied by a CVI
  • Animal traveling to a facility for veterinary treatment that will return to the state-of-origin
  • Animals traveling through the state without being unloaded
  • Animals moved as part of an approved commuter herd agreement

The CVI must be issued by a licensed and accredited veterinarian within the 30 days immediately prior to the date of the animal entering Indiana. Identification of animal(s) must be on the CVI.

PRE-ENTRY PERMIT
A pre-entry permit is required for all swine that require a certificate of veterinary inspection. A permit must be obtained prior to transporting the animals into Indiana. Permits for swine 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) 544-2381, or toll free at (877)747-3038.

NOTE: Feral swine and swine that originate from a herd that has been fed garbage (as defined in 345 IAC 1-2.1-1) may NOT be transported into Indiana.


TESTING

Brucellosis
Currently, no brucellosis testing is required for animals originating from anywhere within the United States. If you are planning to import swine to Indiana from an area that is not designated brucellosis-free under the national brucellosis eradication program, contact BOAH at 317-544-2400, or toll free at 877-747-3038, for testing requirements. 

Pseudorabies 
Currently, no pseudorabies testing is required for animals originating from anywhere within the United States. No animal that has tested positive for pseudorabies may enter Indiana. No animal that originates from a herd that is quarantined for pseudorabies may enter Indiana.  No animal that has been vaccinated for pseudorabies may enter Indiana.

If you are planning to import swine to Indiana from an area that is not designated Stage IV or Stage V under the national Pseudorabies eradication program, contact BOAH at 317-544-2400, or toll free at 877-747-3038, for testing requirements.

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