Animal Movement

 
 
General import rules for all cattle
  • "Pending" official ID or partial ID numbers on paperwork are not acceptable.
  • Test results must be current and complete, not out-of-date or "pending."
  • If an animal has more than one form of official identification, all the IDs must be listed on the certificate of veterinary inspection.
  • The rules for American bison imports are identical to the rules for bovine beef breeds.
  • If you wish to import animals from several different states, or if the animals have been in this state for less than 120 days, please call the import coordinator at (608) 224-4874.
  • No M-branded bovines/cattle from Mexico may be imported to Wisconsin except directly to a slaughter facility.
  • For bovines that are part of a rodeo, circus, or menagerie, please also visit the Circuses, Rodeos, and Menageries page.
  • For animals that are an exotic ruminant species, please visit the Exotic Species page.
  • Out-of-state organizers and Wisconsin participants of consignment sales that may include animals from Michigan's Modified Accredited and Modified Accredited Advanced zones should visit the Michigan MA/MAA bovine import page or call the import coordinator at (608) 224-4874 to discuss tuberculosis testing and import requirements.
  • If there is a current vesicular stomatitis diagnosis or quarantine in this state, visit our vesicular stomatitis page to learn about the special import requirements.

Breeding cattle OR Animals attending fairs/exhibitions

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with complete physical origin and destination address required.
  • Sexually intact animals of any age, including calves at side, must have at least one form of official identification.
  • All cattle and bison of any age or sex including steers moving for rodeos, recreational events, shows, or exhibitions, must have one form of official identification.
  • The following are official ID: 
    • USDA ear tag number that are part of the National Uniform Eartagging System (NUES) (starts with state 2-digit code, also known as “brite” tag)
    • USDA Animal Identification Number tag (includes the visual number and/or RFID) - 15-digit number starting with 840
    • American ID tag - 8 to 12-digit number prefaced with "USA" (accepted as ID when applied before March 11, 2015)
    • Manufacturer-coded RFID tag - 15-digit number with the first three digits in a 900 series, such as 980, 982 or 985 (accepted as ID when applied before March 11, 2015)
    • Please note: Wisconsin has no reciprocal agreements with other states regarding the use of tattoos and registration numbers as identification. As a result, breed association tattoos and breed registration numbers are not accepted as official identification. In addition, brands are not accepted as official ID.
  • No TB tests required.
  • No other tests, vaccinations, or statements required.
  • No import permit required (except for bovines that are part of a rodeo, circus, or menagerie - visit the Circuses, Rodeos, and Menageries).
  • Fairs or exhibitions may have additional requirements. Contact the show organizers for more information.

Feeder cattle

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with complete physical origin and destination address required.
  • All dairy breed feeder cattle of any age, including steers, born after March 11, 2013, must have official identification (see section above). The CVI must include the official individual ID for all intact animals. For steers, either the official ID or a statement indicating the animals are officially identified is acceptable.
  • All beef breed feeder cattle of any age, excluding steers, must have official identification (see section above). The CVI must include the official ID for all intact animals. For steers, a statement indicating the animals do not belong to a class of cattle or bison to which the official identification requirements apply should be added.
  • A backtag will work as ID only for animals going directly to slaughter.
  • No TB tests required.
  • No other tests, vaccinations, or statements required.
  • No import permit required.

Veal calves

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with complete physical origin and destination address required.
  • Veal calves of dairy breeds must have at least one form of official individual ID regardless of age or sex.
  • Veal calves of beef breeds do not need official ID but must be identified as veal calves on the CVI.
  • No TB tests required.
  • No import permit required.

Slaughter cattle

Cattle going directly to slaughter are not required to have official individual ID or a CVI but must have paperwork, such as a bill of lading or bill of sale, that includes all of the following:   
  • Location from which the animals originated
  • Destination of the animals (not the address of the consignee)
  • Total number of animals
  • Species of animals
  • Name and address of the owner at the time of the movement
  • Name and address of the shipper
However, animals that are designated as slaughter animals but are not being sent directly to a slaughter establishment or directly to an approved federal facility and then directly to a slaughter establishment must meet import requirements above.
 

Exporting cattle to Maryland

Import requirements are determined by the state of destination. Please contact Maryland to find out the import regulations for cattle being imported from Wisconsin. You can find the current contact information here.
 
Cattle that are traveling to Maryland and returning to Wisconsin while the CVI is still valid may return with the same paperwork with no additional tests or statements required.
 
If the cattle are scheduled to return after the date the CVI expires, they will need a new CVI issued by a local veterinarian licensed by the state of Maryland and must meet the import requirements above.  
 
Wisconsin is TB Accredited Free and Brucellosis Class Free.