Swine Movement

Please note: The new rules below for swine entering Wisconsin are in effect as of February 1, 2018.  These rules will also affect swine moving WITHIN Wisconsin.

​​​​Importing Swine from Outside Wisconsin 

These are the requirements for domestic swine, including swine kept as pets. Any wild or feral type of swine is not allowed to be imported into Wisconsin at this time. Call (608) 224-4874 for more information.

Swine imported direct to slaughter are not required to have official individual ID or a CVI but federal rules require the following:

  • Paperwork, such as a yarding receipt, sale ticket, waybill, bill of lading or bill of sale, that includes all of the following:   

    • Location, including street address, from which the animals originated

    • Animal identification numbers when required.

  • Except for groups of swine that are kept as a group from birth through slaughter without any mixing with swine from other premises, only ONE of the following types of identification is required:

    • Official Identification

    • Slaughter Identification

      • Official Backtags

      • PIN (Premises Identification Number) tags    **Please note, many slaughter establishments are requiring the PIN tags. 

      • Tattoos consisting of the PIN number or feeder swine number assigned by the state veterinarian of the state of origin.

Commercial swine entering Wisconsin from a farm must have the following:

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with the complete physical origin and physical destination address and the following information:

    • Official identification (one of the following):

      • USDA ear tag number – number must begin with a state 2-digit code followed by 2 or 3 letters and 4 numbers

      • USDA “840” button ear tag number

      • Ear notch (if the pig is a purebred and the ear notch is registered)

      • A tattoo or an ear tag with the premises identification number and a unique identifier (a tag without the premises ID number is not sufficient)

      • A microchip for swine kept as pets

      • Breed association tattoo​

      • Feeder swine:

        • If the animals are 80 pounds or less, individual ID is not required but the premises identification number or state-issued code of the premises of origin must be on the animals (ear tag or tattoo)

        • If the animals are more than 80 pounds, each animal must have official individual ID as noted above

    • Testing for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Virus (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) as follows:

      • Negative tests of herd of origin within 90 days prior to import – no import permit required.  For both PRRS and SECD, include the test type, date and results on CVI.

    • Statement on the CVI that there are no clinical signs of PRRS and SECD at the time of inspection.

    • Import permit required for swine that originate from a herd that tested positive for PRRS or SECD or that was not tested within 90 days prior to import.

      • See resources on the right for information on quarantines, testing, and herd plans after import.

Commercial swine commingled at a market/auction/sale/exhibition moving to or returning to a farm in Wisconsin must have the following:

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with the complete physical origin and physical destination address and the following information:

    • Official identification (one of the following):

      • USDA ear tag number – number must begin with a state 2-digit code followed by 2 or 3 letters and 4 numbers

      • USDA “840” button ear tag number

      • Ear notch (if the pig is a purebred and the ear notch is registered)

      • A tattoo or an ear tag with the premises identification number and a unique identifier (a tag without the premises ID number is not sufficient)

      • A microchip for swine kept as pets

      • Breed association tattoo​

      • Feeder swine:

        • If the animals are 80 pounds or less, individual ID is not required but the premises identification number or state-issued code of the premises of origin must be on the animals (ear tag or tattoo)

        • If the animals are more than 80 pounds, each animal must have official individual ID as noted above

    • Testing for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Virus (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) as follows:

      • All pigs commingled at the market/auction/sale/exhibition originate from herds that have had a negative test within 90 days prior to the sale – no import permit required.  For both PRRS and SECD, include the test type, date and results on CVI.

    • Statement on the CVI by the market/auction/sale/exhibition veterinarian that all swine at the event originate from herds that have tested negative to PRRS and SECD within 90 days prior to import.

    • Statement on the CVI that there are no clinical signs of PRRS and SECD at the time of inspection.

    • Import permit required for swine that originate from a herd that tested positive for PRRS or SECD or originating from a market/auction/sale/exhibition at which all swine were NOT tested within 90 days prior to import.

      • See resources on the right for information on quarantines, testing, and herd plans after import.

    • For swine originating in Wisconsin and returning to Wisconsin after an exhibition in another state, contact us prior to returning to Wisconsin to get a permit number.  You may contact us prior to leaving to receive the permit number and have a herd plan developed prior to the out of state show to avoid a quarantine upon return.  These swine can return on the same CVI that accompanied the animal out of state.

All swine being imported to a federally approved market must have the following:

Import to federally approved markets where all swine on the market premises the day of the sale are shipped directly to slaughter.

  • Official ID or Slaughter ID

    • Official identification (one of the following):

      • USDA ear tag number – number must begin with a state 2-digit code followed by 2 or 3 letters and 4 numbers

      • USDA “840” button ear tag number

      • Ear notch (if the pig is a purebred and the ear notch is registered)

      • A tattoo or an ear tag with the premises identification number and a unique identifier (a tag without the premises ID number is not sufficient)

      • A microchip for swine kept as pets

      • Breed association tattoo​

      • Feeder swine:

        • If the animals are 80 pounds or less, individual ID is not required but the premises identification number or state-issued code of the premises of origin must be on the animals (ear tag or tattoo)

        • If the animals are more than 80 pounds, each animal must have official individual ID as noted above

    • Slaughter ID

      • Backtag

      • Premises identification number tag

Import to federally approved market where any swine at the market may be sold for purposes other than slaughter

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with the complete physical origin and physical destination address and the following information:

    • Official identification (one of the following):

      • USDA ear tag number – number must begin with a state 2-digit code followed by 2 or 3 letters and 4 numbers

      • USDA “840” button ear tag number

      • Ear notch (if the pig is a purebred and the ear notch is registered)

      • A tattoo or an ear tag with the premises identification number and a unique identifier (a tag without the premises ID number is not sufficient)

      • A microchip for swine kept as pets

      • Breed association tattoo​

      • Feeder swine:

        • If the animals are 80 pounds or less, individual ID is not required but the premises identification number or state-issued code of the premises of origin must be on the animals (ear tag or tattoo)

        • If the animals are more than 80 pounds, each animal must have official individual ID as noted above

    • Testing for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Virus (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) as follows:

      • Negative tests of herd of origin within 90 days prior to import.  For both PRRS and SECD, include the test type, date and results on CVI.

    • Statement on the CVI that there are no clinical signs of PRRS and SECD at the time of inspection.

Swine may not be imported to a federally approved market unless these requirements are met.

Commercial swine entering Wisconsin directly to a fair/exhibition/show must have the following:

Please also visit our Fairs, Shows, and other Special Events page.

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with the complete physical origin and physical destination address and the following information:

    • Official identification (one of the following):

      • USDA ear tag number – number must begin with a state 2-digit code followed by 2 or 3 letters and 4 numbers

      • USDA “840” button ear tag number

      • Ear notch (if the pig is a purebred and the ear notch is registered)

      • A tattoo or an ear tag with the premises identification number and a unique identifier (a tag without the premises ID number is not sufficient)

      • A microchip for swine kept as pets

      • Breed association tattoo​

      • Feeder swine:

        • If the animals are 80 pounds or less, individual ID is not required but the premises identification number or state-issued code of the premises of origin must be on the animals (ear tag or tattoo)

        • If the animals are more than 80 pounds, each animal must have official individual ID as noted above

    • Negative tests of the herd of origin for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Virus (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) within 90 days prior to import.  For both PRRS and SECD, include the test type, date and results on CVI.

    • Statement on the CVI that there are no clinical signs of PRRS and SECD at the time of inspection.

    • Statement that a veterinarian has inspected the entire herd of origin within the past 30 days before the show and that no apparent disease was present at the time of inspection.

    • No import permit required.

​Moving Swine Within Wisconsin

Commercial swine moving within Wisconsin for any reason except to fairs, exhibitions and slaughter must have the following:

  • No movement documentation such as a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate or CVI) is required.

  • Official identification is not required.

  • Testing for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Virus (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) is required as follows:

    • Negative tests of herd of origin within 90 days prior to movement.  Documentation of the negative test results must be made available upon request.

    • Positive test for either PRRS or SECD of herd of origin within 90 days prior to movement, the herd will be quarantined until a herd plan is established and approved.

    • If no test for either PRRS or SECD has been done within 90 days prior to movement, the animals are not allowed to move except to slaughter or terminal fairs/exhibitions/shows.

Commercial swine moving within Wisconsin for fairs/exhibitions/shows must have the following:

Please also visit our Fairs, Shows, and other Special Events page.

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with the complete physical origin and physical destination address and the following information:

    • Official identification is not required unless required by individual fairs/shows/exhibitions.

    • Statement that a veterinarian has inspected the entire herd of origin within the past 30 days before the show and that no apparent disease was present at the time of inspection. 

    • For terminal shows no testing is required.

    • For nonterminal shows testing for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Virus (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) as follows:

      • Negative tests of herd of origin within 90 days prior to movement.  Documentation of the negative test results must be made available upon request.

      • Positive test for either PRRS or SECD of herd of origin within 90 days prior to movement, the herd will be quarantined until a herd plan is established and approved.

Commercial swine moving within Wisconsin from a farm directly to a slaughtering establishment have the following requirements:

  • No health papers required.

  • No official ID required.

  • Some slaughter facilities require PIN (Premises Identification Number) tags.

  • Markets, dealers, and truckers have their own requirements.

Exporting Swine Out of Wisconsin  

Wisconsin does not have specific export requirements for swine. Please contact the state or nation of destination to learn the import requirements.

As states work to curb the spread of the Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) animal movement rules are changing rapidly. We encourage you to contact the state of destination before every shipment. ​