Cattle import regulations related to Tuberculosis

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Dec 16, 2008
Cattle import regulations related to Tuberculosis

Following is a listing of
the requirements for importing
cattle into individual
states. Because regulations
are changed frequently,
producers moving cattle
across state lines should
always contact the state veterinarian
for the most current
import requirements.
Phone numbers for each of
the listed states have been
included for ease of reference.
The regulations listed below
pertain only to TB requirements.
All states have
comprehensive import requirements
for livestock.
For a list of all import requirements,
please contact
the individual state veterinarian’s
office.
Arizona
State Department of
Agriculture phone number:
602/542-4373
If not originating from a
Tuberculosis free state, all
breeding cattle (cows, heifers,
bulls) six months of age
and older must be tested
negative for tuberculosis
within 60 days prior to entry.
If originating from a
Modified Accredited State or
area, breeding cattle must
not only be tested negative
within 60 days prior to entry,
but also must originate
from a herd that has been
tested negative within one
year prior to entry.
California
State Department of
Agriculture phone number:
916/651-6278
Dairy cattle—All dairy
breeding cattle over six
months of age must be TB
tested within 60 days prior
to entry into California. Exceptions:
Individually identified
cattle going directly to
officially inspected slaughter
facility and cattle from
TB Accredited Free herds,
call 916/651-6278. For TB
regulations pertaining to
dairy cattle imported from
Michigan, call 916/651-6278
for requirements.
Beef cattle—All beef
breeding cattle over six
months of age must be TB
tested within 60 days prior
of entry that originate from
any State that is less than
Accredited Free. Exceptions:
Individually identified cattle
going directly to officially
inspected slaughter facility
and cattle from TB Accredited
Free herds, for more
information call 916/651-
6278.
For import regulations
pertaining to cattle imported
from Michigan, call
916/651-6278 for requirements.
Colorado
State Department of
Agriculture phone number :
303/239-4100
Beef animal import test requirements:
TB Accredited Free
States:
Beef cattle may be imported
without a TB test.
Less than TB Free accredited
states, TB testing
requirements:
All cattle shall have a
current Certificate of Veterinary
Inspection.
Accredited Free Herds:
No Tuberculosis test is required
for cattle originating
from an Accredited Tuberculosis
Free Herd if the herd
testing was completed within
the last 12 months. The
Herd Number and test date
must be included on the

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
All cattle not originating
from an Accredited Free
Herd 6 months and older
shall be tuberculosis test
negative within 60 days
prior to entry into Colorado
and have been part of a
whole herd negative test
within the last 12 months.
Feeder cattle may be
imported to approved designated
feedlots without test
consigned and shipped with
a Certificate of Veterinary
Inspection and an entry permit.
Tuberculosis testing
requirements for Splitstate
status, from counties
with TB Accredited
Free Status:
Beef cattle may be imported
without a test.
Idaho
State Department of
Agriculture phone number:
208/332-8500
California, Michigan,
Minnesota, Montana and
New Mexico
have additional
requirements to those
listed below, due to their
Brucellosis, Tuberculosis
and/or other disease status.
If you are sending cattle
from any of these states,
always call the Idaho State
Department of Agriculture
at 208/332-8500 before the
cattle are shipped.
All intact dairy cattle six
months of age and older require
a negative TB test
within 60 days.
All cattle used for rodeo or
timed events need negative
Tuberculosis testing performed
within the 12 months
prior to importation into
Idaho.
Kansas
State Department of
Agriculture phone number:
785/296-3556
Cattle originating from
TB accredited free or modified
accredited free states
are not required to be tested.
States or areas of lower status
and all cattle of Mexican
origin shall be tested negative
for tuberculosis within
60 days prior to entry into
Kansas and will be required
to be retested 60 to 90 days
post entry, unless going direct
to a licensed feedlot.
Mexican cattle originating
from a Mexican state that
has a TB eradication program
in place and the program
has met the requirements
of the Bi-National TB
Committee will not be required
to be retested. Entry
permit is required on all
Mexican cattle, 24 hour permit
number 785-296-2328.
Montana
State Department of
Agriculture phone number:
406/444-3144
Tuberculosis testing requirements
for cattle being
shipped to Montana:
For cattle from a Tuberculosis
Accredited
Free State or Zone:
Bucking bulls, steer
wrestling steers and all roping
bovines—One negative
TB test performed within
six months of entry.
Dairy Cattle—sexually
intact (6 months of age and
older), require a negative TB
test within 60 days unless
originating from a USDA-
APHIS-VS Accredited TB
Free Herd. Herd accreditation
number and date of
entire herd test must be
included on the Certificate
of Veterinary Inspection.

Beef Cattle—any age:
no testing required.
Tuberculosis Modified
Accredited Advanced
States:
Beef and Dairy Cattle—
Two months of age and older:
Tested negative within
60 days prior to importation.
Originate from USDA-
APHIS-VS Accredited TB-
Free herd.
Tuberculosis Modified
Accredited States:
Beef and Dairy Cattle of
all ages must meet one of
the following requirements:
TB test (negative) required
within 60 days prior
to importation into Montana
and must originate directly
from a herd that has been
TB tested in its entirety
within the last 12 months;
or
TB test (negative) required
within 60 days prior
to importation into Montana
and must originate directly
from a USDA-APHIS-VS
Accredited TB-Free herd (or
Canadian equivalent). The
herd accreditation number
and date of entire herd test
must be included on the Certificate
of Veterinary Inspection;
or
Two TB tests (negative)
60-120 days apart. The second
TB test must be within
60 days prior to importation
into Montana.
Canadian origin cattle:
For animals 2 months of
age or older, have a tuberculosis
test within 60 days of
import into Montana . No
exemptions for spayed heifers
or steers.
Mexican origin (“M”
branded) cattle:
Two negative TB tests
60-120 days apart. The first
negative test can be the U.S.
entry test. The second negative
test must be performed
by a USDA-APHIS-VS accredited
veterinarians and
must be within 60 days prior
of importation into Montana
. (Unless approved by
the Montana State Veterinarian).
Must have entry or
cross-over date into U.S. and
the TB test date with the
shipment.
If the animals have resided
in the US over 60 days,
only one TB test is required
along with a statement written
on the CVI by the issuing
veterinarian stating to
the best of his/her knowledge,
they have resided in
the US over 60 days. No
crossover papers are needed.
Holstein and Holstein
cross “M” branded steers or
spayed heifers are prohibited
from entry regardless of
test history.
Nebraska
State Department of
Agriculture phone number:
402/471-2351
Cattle being imported
into Nebraska must meet
the following TB requirements:
Cattle which originate
from a herd not under quarantine
for tuberculosis in an
accredited-free state or zone,
or country recognized by
APHIS to be free of TB, or
that are being moved direct
to slaughter at a federally
recognized slaughter establishment
may be imported
without further restriction
of this subsection.

Cattle which originate
from a herd not under
quarantine for tuberculosis
in a modified accredited
advanced state
or zone may be imported
into the state under the
following conditions:
Beef cattle and bison
less than twelve (12) months
of age and sexually altered
cattle of any age shall obtain
a permit for entry;
All sexually intact beef
cattle and bison twelve (12)
months of age and older
shall obtain a permit for
entry, be officially identified;
and
Originate from an accredited
herd, with the accredited
herd number listed
on the Certificate of Veterinary
Inspection; or
Originate from a herd
that has had a negative
whole herd test within 365
days prior to entry and the
individual animals to be imported
shall have been part
of the whole herd test; or
Shall have been individually
tested and found
negative to tuberculosis
within 60 days prior to entry.
Dairy cattle under six
months of age shall have
originated from a herd that
has had a negative whole
herd test within 365 days,
obtained a permit for entry
prior to entry, have an official
eartag, and shall be
quarantined until testing
negative for tuberculosis
within 60 days after reaching
six months of age.
Dairy cattle six months
of age and older from an accredited
herd shall have
originated from a herd that
has had a negative whole
herd test within 365 days,
obtained a permit for entry
prior to entry, have an official
eartag, and individual
animals shall be tested and
found negative within 60
days prior to entry if not
included in the most recent
whole herd test.
Dairy cattle six months
of age and older from a nonaccredited
herd shall have
originated from a herd that
has had a negative whole
herd test within 365 days
(assembled groups may
qualify as a herd if all animals
in the group from
which the animals consigned
to Nebraska are shipped
from have been together for
over 90 days and have been
tested and found negative
for tuberculosis), obtained a
permit for entry prior to
entry, have an official ear
tag, and all individual animals
shall be tested and
found negative within 60
days prior to entry.
Cattle which originate
from a herd not under
quarantine for tuberculosis
in a modified accredited
state or zone
may be imported under
one of the following conditions:
The cattle originate from
an accredited herd and,
shall;
Have obtained a permit
for entry;
Have listed their accredited
herd number on the
Certificate of Veterinary Inspection;
and
Be individually identified
with the identification listed
on the Certificate of Veterinary
Inspection; and
Have tested negative to
an official tuberculin test
within 60 days prior to entry.
The cattle originate
from a herd, which has tested
negative to an official
whole herd tuberculin test
within 365 days prior to
entry, and shall:
Have obtained a permit
for entry; and
Be individually identified
with the identification
listed on the Certificate of
Veterinary Inspection; and
Have tested negative to
an official tuberculin test
within 60 days prior to entry;
and
Be quarantined at destination
until slaughtered or
until tested negative to an
official tuberculin test.
Cattle originating from
an accreditation preparatory
state or zone shall
only be imported if they
originate from an accredited
herd, and
shall:
Obtain a permit for entry;
and
Have their accredited
herd number listed on the
Certificate of Veterinary Inspection;
Be individually identified,
by means of a metal tag
approved by USDA, APHIS,
VS and the identification
shall be listed on the Certificate
of Veterinary Inspection;
and
Test negative to two official
tuberculin tests prior
to entry. The first test shall
have been conducted 60-120
days prior to entry and the
second test 0-60 days prior
to entry.
Cattle entering Nebraska
from states or
zones that are not accredited-free,
excluding
non-accredited states or
zones, may move to an
approved livestock facility
in Nebraska only
when such cattle are accompanied
by documents
which verify the

animals have met the requirements
as outlined
above.
Cattle which originate
from a herd in a nonaccredited
state or zone
are prohibited from being
imported into the
state of Nebraska, except
when being moved directly
to a federally recognized
slaughter establishment.
Nevada
State Department of
Agriculture phone number:
775/688-1180
Tuberculosis special
requirements:
All dairy breeding cattle
six month of age and older
must have a TB test within
the past 60 days of entry
regardless of state of origin.
Dairy cattle from an accredited-free
herd are exempt
from TB testing. No TB test
required for beef cattle originating
from free states.
Cattle originating from
Modified Accredited Advanced
states:
All beef breeding cattle
24 months and older must
have a TB test within 60
days of entry.
Intact feeder heifers 24
months of age and older
must be TB tested within 60
days of entry.
Feeder beef cattle not required
to have individual ID
until mandated by UDSA.
Cattle for exhibition
must have a TB test within
60 days of entry.
Pasture to Pasture permits
require herd TB test
within the first 12 months
of permit issuance and every
36 months thereafter.
TB test requirements
waived for cattle transported
from California Sierra
Front directly to the Fallon,
NV, sale yards for “Sale for
Slaughter Only” if anno-

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