Animal Movement

Cattle & Bison: Michigan's MA & MAA Zones

This information is current as of December 17, 2014

 

Effective August 1, 2012, Wisconsin recognizes two tuberculosis zones in the state of Michigan. The first is the federal TB Modified Accredited and Modified Accredited Advanced zones, and the other is the zone which is federally classified as TB Free.

On September 10, 2014, the USDA implemented an interim rule which removed some counties from the Modified Accredited Advanced Zone and advanced the status to TB Free. As of that date, the only counties now classified as MA and MAA are the following counties in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula: Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda. All other Michigan counties are classified as TB Free.
 

Because the import rules are quite different for the two zones, they are listed on separate pages.

To see the import rules for cattle from Michigan's federal TB Free zone click here.

Import rules for cattle from the Michigan counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda:
  • "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  • Test results must be current and complete, not out-of-date or "pending."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.

Breeding cattle OR Animals attending fairs/exhibitions:

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) required. CVI must include:
    • Complete physical origin address
    • Complete physical destination address
    • Livestock premises code of the destination premises
  • All animals of any age, including steers, spayed heifers, and calves at side, must have one form of official identification.
  • All cattle and bison of any age, 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 numbers are not accepted as official identification. In addition, brands are not accepted as official ID.
  • TB test requirements:
    • Negative individual TB test within 60 days before the date of import regardless of age, AND
    • The animals must originate from a herd that has had a negative whole-herd TB test for all animals one year and older within the last 12 months.
  • No other tests, vaccinations, or statements required.
  • Import permit required.
  • Animals attending fairs or exhibitions must have the following statement on the CVI in order to avoid the quarantine requirement: "These animals are attending the show only and will return to herd of origin after the show."
  • All animals other than those attending fairs or exhibitions will be quarantined where they are offloaded and will need additional TB tests post-arrival. Call (608) 224-4874 for specific information.
  • Bovines from the MA and MAA zones in Michigan are not eligible to enter Wisconsin to be sold at a consignment sale or auction.

Feeder cattle:

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with complete physical origin and destination address required.
  • All feeder cattle of any age, including steers and spayed heifers, must have official identification (see section above).
  • TB test requirements:
    • Negative individual TB test within 60 days before the date of import regardless of age, AND
    • The animals must originate from a herd that has had a negative whole-herd TB test for all animals one year and older within the last 12 months
  • Animals sent to an approved feedlot are exempt from the quarantine and post-import TB test rules; the feedlot number must be on the CVI.
  • Animals sent to a feedlot that does not have official approval from the state of Wisconsin are exempt from the post-import TB test requirements but the animals must be quarantined and can only go to slaughter on VS 1-27 permit.
  • No other tests, vaccinations, or statements required.
  • Import permit required.
  • Bovines from Michigan are not eligible to enter Wisconsin to be sold at a consignment sale or auction.

Veal calves:

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with complete physical origin and destination address required.
  • Veal calves 30 days and older must meet feeder cattle import rules.
  • Veal calves under 30 days may be imported with the following set of rules
    • Import permit required.
    • Official individual ID required.
    • No TB tests required for veal calves under 30 days old if all of the following apply:
      • They have a special veal calf import permit issued by WDATCP.
      • They are imported solely for feeding prior to slaughter as veal and are identified as veal on the CVI.
      • They are confined to the premises at which they are first received in this state, until they are shipped to slaughter.
      • When they are shipped to slaughter, they are accompanied by a completed federal bureau form VS 1-27 or by a department permit.
    • If all the above cannot be met, veal calves must meet feeder cattle rules.

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.
 
Wisconsin is TB Accredited Free and Brucellosis Class Free.