Animal Movement

 
     - "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     - Test results must be current and complete, not out-of-date or "pending."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.
     - 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 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.
 

Breeding cattle OR Animals attending fairs/exhibitions

     - Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with complete physical 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 American 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 - 8-12-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 number are not accepted as official identification. In addition, brands are not
                  accepted as official ID.
     - Dairy, Beef, and American Bison: Breeding stock six months or older must have a negative TB test within 60 days
        before the date of import OR originate from an Accredited TB-free herd – include the accreditation number and the
        date of last whole herd accreditation test on the CVI.
     - No other tests, vaccinations, or statements required.
     - No import permit required (except for bovines that are part of a rodeo, circus, or menagerie - see below.
Fairs or exhibitions may have additional requirements. Contact the show organizers for more information.
 
Rodeo/Circus/Menagerie cattle
 
Cattle that are part of rodeos, circuses, menageries, or petting zoos must have the following before entering Wisconsin:
     - A current certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with complete physical origin and destination addresses
     - Import permit
     - All rodeo/circus/menagerie cattle and bison of any age or sex must have one form of official identification
        (see Breeding Cattle section above)
     - TB testing requirements: For all bovine rodeo stock, negative TB tests within 12 months prior to the date of entry
 
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.
     - All feeder cattle six months or older, including steers, must have a negative TB test within 60 days before the date
        of import OR originate from an Accredited TB-free herd – include the accreditation number and the date of last
        whole herd accreditation test on CVI. 
     - 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 Florida

Import requirements are determined by the state of destination. Please contact Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida and must meet the import requirements above. 
 
Wisconsin is TB Accredited Free and Brucellosis Class Free.