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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 age, sex or breed shall be INDIVIDUALLY and officially identified with the following exceptions:
Approved methods of identification for all of the bovine and bison species are:
Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:
Required for entry into Indiana for all animals, with the following exceptions:
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.
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.
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)
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 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 at 317-544-2397 for more information.