Bison and Cattle

Coming into Michigan from Another State (import)

No entry permit is required for interstate importation into Michigan

  1. Bison and cattle must have an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) filled out by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited veterinarian.
    1. When bison or cattle are imported from a herd under an official Herd Health Maintenance Plan, the following statement must appear on the interstate CVI:

"This herd is inspected as part of a regular health maintenance program and all animals listed on this CVI have been examined within the last 30 days."

Exception:  Bison and cattle moving directly to slaughter or to a USDA approved livestock market to be sold for slaughter may enter Michigan with an “Owner Shipper Statement” in place of an official interstate CVI. 

  1. Bison and cattle must have an official identification (ID) ear tag regardless of age, breed, or sex. Official ID ear tag numbers must be recorded on the interstate CVI.

Official Identification Options:

  1. Metal NUES ear tag depicting the U.S. Route Shield.
  2. Animal Identification Number (AIN) ear tag:  may be a visual tag or a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag.
    1. AIN ear tags applied to animals of U.S. origin must depict the U.S. Route Shield.
    2. AIN ear tags applied to animals of U.S. origin on or after March 11, 2015 must have a 15-digit number that begins with 840.

Exception:  Bison and cattle moving directly to slaughter or to a USDA approved livestock market to be sold for slaughter may enter Michigan with USDA approved back tags in place of official ID.

  1. There are no bovine tuberculosis or brucellosis testing requirements or brucellosis vaccination requirements for bison and cattle being imported into Michigan from states or areas officially designated as tuberculosis accredited free and brucellosis class free by USDA.  If you are interested in bringing bison or cattle into Michigan from states or areas that do not have these designations, please contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 prior to entry.

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Exhibition (Show, demonstration or display) Requirements

  1. Bison and cattle moving within the state of Michigan for exhibition:
    1. Must have official Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ear tags.
      1. Official RFID ear tags applied to animals of U.S. origin must depict the U.S. Route Shield.
      2. Official RFID ear tags applied to animals of U.S. origin on or after March 11, 2015 must have a 15-digit number that begins with 840.
    2. Must comply with bovine tuberculosis program requirements outlined below in Intrastate Requirements.
  2. Bison and cattle being imported from out-of-state for exhibition:
    1. A completed interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) meeting requirement stated above in Import Requirements.
    2. Official identification (see Official ID Options above in Import Requirements).
  3. Contact the fair, show, or exhibition authorities for any additional requirements.

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Moving within Michigan (intrastate)

  1. Bison and Cattle regardless of age, breed, or sex must be tagged with official Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ear tags before they leave a Michigan premises.
    1. Official RFID ear tags applied to animals of U.S. origin must depict the U.S. Route Shield.
    2. Official RFID ear tags applied to animals of U.S. origin on or after March 11, 2015 must have a 15-digit number that begins with 840.

Exception:  Bison and cattle without official RFID ear tags may leave a Michigan premises only if moved directly to a Michigan market authorized to sell and apply official RFID tags.

 

In the bovine tuberculosis (TB) Zone counties: Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda (also known as the Modified Accredited Zone) there are additional requirements moving within and out of the four-county area.

TB Zone herds that are not participating in wildlife biosecurity programs may only move directly to a slaughter facility. Producers whose herds are participating still have additional requirements including movement permits, ID, and testing. Reference our Michigan Bovine TB Requirements brochure for more information on what you need to move your cattle or bison.

In Cheboygan, Otsego, and Presque Isle there are additional requirements for herds that are not Verified Wildlife Risk Mitigated. Reference our Michigan Bovine TB Requirements brochure for more information on what you need to move your cattle or bison.

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Leaving Michigan to go to Another State (export)

  1. Bison and cattle regardless of age, sex, or breed must be tagged with official Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ear tags before they leave a Michigan premises.
    1. Official RFID ear tags applied to animals of U.S. origin must depict the U.S. Route Shield.
    2. Official RFID ear tags applied to animals of U.S. origin on or after March 11, 2015 must have a 15-digit number that begins with 840.

Exception:  Bison and cattle without official RFID ear tags may leave a Michigan premises only if moved directly to a Michigan market authorized to sell and apply official RFID tags.

  1. Any time official documentation is needed for animal movement by destination state, official RFID ear tag numbers must be recorded on document(s).
  2. Please contact the state of destination for their requirements. Contact information can be found at: http://bit.ly/StateAHO       

In the bovine tuberculosis (TB) Zone counties: Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda (also known as the Modified Accredited Zone) there are additional requirements moving within and out of the four-county area.

TB Zone herds that are not participating in wildlife biosecurity programs may only move directly to a slaughter facility. Producers whose herds are participating still have additional requirements including movement permits, ID, and testing. Reference our Michigan Bovine TB Requirements brochure for more information on what you need to move your cattle or bison.

In Cheboygan, Otsego, and Presque Isle there are additional requirements for herds that are not Verified Wildlife Risk Mitigated. Reference our Michigan Bovine TB Requirements brochure for more information on what you need to move your cattle or bison.

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International Movement

Please contact the United States Department of Agriculture at 517-337-4700.

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