Cattle & Bison-Texas

This information is current as of October 3, 2016

​​​Importing breeding cattle or exhibition animals from Texas

  • 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.
  • 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
    • 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)
    • 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​.
  • Dairy, Beef, and American Bison: TB test requirements: As long as the animals are not involved in any TB-positive or exposed herd investigations, all dairy and beef animals of any age must have one of the following:

    • Negative in​​​​dividual TB test within 60 days before the date of import, OR

    • If the animals originate from an accredited TB-free herd, individual TB tests are not required but the accreditation number and date of the last whole-herd TB test must be on the CVI.

  • Animals from herds involved in any TB traceback or exposed herd investigations may not enter Wisconsin except for movement directly to slaughter until the investigation of the herd is completed and negative.​

  • 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​ Texas

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with complete physical origin and destination address

  • All feeder cattle of any age, including steers and spayed heifers, must have official identification, and the official ID must be included on the CVI

  • TB test requirements: As long as the animals are not involved in any TB-positive or exposed herd investigations, all bovines of any age must have one of the following:

    • Negative individual TB test within 60 days befor​e the date of import, OR

    • If the animals originate from an accredited TB-free herd, individual TB tests are not required but the accreditation number and date of the last whole-herd TB test must be on the CVI

  • Animals from herds involved in any TB traceback or exposed herd investigations may not enter Wisconsin except for movement directly to slaughter until the investigation of the herd is completed and negative

  • No other tests, vaccinations, or statements required

  • No import permit required

Importing veal calves from Texas

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with complete physical origin and destination address.

  • Veal calves must have at least one form of official ID regardless of age or sex, and the official ID must be included on the CVI

  • No import permit required

  • Individual negative TB tests required (see below for exemptions).

  • Exempt from TB test requirement if the animals are identified as veal calves and all of the following are met and the statements below are written on the CVI:

    • Animals are being imported solely for feeding prior to slaughter
    • They are less than 30 days old
    • They will be confined to the first receiving premises until they are shipped to slaughter on a VS 1-27
  • No import permit required​

  • No other tests, vaccinations, or statements required

Importing slaughter cattle from Texas

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

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

Cattle that are traveling to Texas 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 th​e CVI expires, they will need a new CVI issued by a local veterinarian licensed by the state of Texas and must meet the import requirements above. 

Wisconsin is TB Accredited Free and Brucellosis Class Free.​​​​​