Cattle & Bison-Iowa

This information is current as of October 4, 2016​

Importing breeding cattle or exhibition animals from Iowa

  • 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, and the official ID must be included on the CVI
  • 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, and the official ID must be included on the CVI
  • 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), both the silver "brite" tag and the orange brucellosis tag
    • USDA Animal Identification Number tag (includes the visual number and/or RFID) - 15-digit number starting with 840
    • 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)
    • American ID tag - 8-12-digit number prefaced with "USA" (accepted as ID when applied before March 11, 2015 and if the entire number, including the "USA," is written on the CVI)
    • 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​ page)
  • Fairs or exhibitions may have additional requirements. Contact the show organizers for more information

Importin​g feeder cattle from Iowa

  • ​​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), and the official ID must be included on the CVI; 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

Importing veal calves from Iowa

  • 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, and the official ID must be included on the CVI​
  • Veal calves of beef breeds, excluding steers, must have at least one form of official individual ID regardless of age, and the official ID must be included on the CVI
  • No TB tests required
  • No import permit required
  • No other tests, vaccinations, or statements required

Importing slaughter cattle from Iowa

Cattle going directly to slaughter are not required to have official individual ID or a CVI but must have paperwork, such as an owner shipper statement, 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 Iowa

Import requirements are determined by the state of destination. Please contact Iowa to find out the import regulations for cattle being imported from Wisconsin.

Cattle that are traveling to Iowa 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 Iowa and must meet the import requirements above. 

Wisconsin is TB Accredited Free and Brucellosis Class Free.​