Cattle

Group of mixed beef cattle.Below is a summary of the requirements for cattle coming into the state of Idaho.
Following only the information on this page will not guarantee that you are in compliance with Idaho's import requirements.

Cattle are defined as "all bovidae including domestic bison" in IDAPA 02.04.21, Rules Governing the Importation Of Animals. Please peruse this rule for additional information on importation, and don't hesitate to call with any questions.

California and Michigan have additional requirements to those listed below, due to their Tuberculosis and/or other disease status. If you are sending cattle from either of these states, always call the department before the cattle leave your state.

Due to Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) All livestock (including cattle, swine, equines, domestic cervidae, and camelids) entering Idaho from Colorado and Nebraska must meet additional requirements. The animals cannot enter Idaho if they originate from a facility within 10 miles of a diagnosed case of VS. All livestock from Colorado and Nebraska requires an entry permit listed on the CVI, as well as the following statement:

"All animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis. During the last thirty (30) days; these animals have neither been exposed to Vesicular Stomatitis nor located within an area where Vesicular Stomatitis has been diagnosed."


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All cattle require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for movement into Idaho.

   
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Official Identification is required to be listed on the CVI for the following groups of cattle:

 
  • All sexually intact beef cattle and bison 18 months
    of age or over
  • All female dairy cattle of any age
  • All male cattle of dairy breeds born after 3/11/13*
  • All intact male dairy cattle 6 months and older
  • Cattle and bison of any age used for rodeo, recreational events, shows and exhibitions.

    Exceptions:
    - Cattle and Bison moving interstate directly to an approved tagging site. (These must still be officially identified before comingling with other cattle and bison on the premises).
    - Cattle or bison that are identified by the use of backtags or other methods that will ensure that the identity of the animal is accurately maintained until tagging so that the official eartag can be correlated to the person responsible for shipping the animal to the approved tagging site.
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    Currently common brands are acceptable as identification from Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. CVIs must still note that the animals have individual identification.


    * Dairy steers do not have to have Identification listed, but the CVI must state that they are individually Identified.
   

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In addition to meeting all the requirements for beef cattle, all domestic bison require an entry permit prior to movement into Idaho.

   
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Canadian cattle being imported into Idaho must have a permit, a CAN brand high on the right hip and individual identification listed on the health certificate and meet all regular import requirements for the class of cattle being imported - Including brucellosis vaccination for eligible intact females.
   

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Idaho only accepts unvaccinated cattle if they are going to an approved feedlot and have a permit issued by our office.

   

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All intact dairy cattle require an entry permit. All intact dairy cattle 6 months of age and older require a negative TB test within 60 days. Females over 4 months of age must be Brucellosis vaccinated.

   
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All bulls require an entry permit and negative Trichomoniasis tests within the last 30 days or a virgin bull statement (only bulls under 12 months of age can be considered virgins). Please see the rules at IDAPA 02.04.29, Rules Governing Trichomoniasis for further information on this. A statement that there is no known Trich in the herd of origin is also required for bulls.

Effective June 1, 2014 Idaho is accepting negative trich tests from pooled samples. Please contact your lab for sample submission instructions.

   

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All cattle used for rodeo or timed events need negative Tuberculosis testing performed within the 12 months prior to importation into Idaho

   
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Beef breed females who are vaccinated for Brucellosis do not require a permit unless:

 

They are from a state that is not Brucellosis or Tuberculosis free, or
They are less than 4 months of age and not accompanying their dam.

   
*This document is in .pdf format.