Goats

Coming into Michigan from Another State (import)

No entry permit is required for interstate importation into Michigan

  1. Goats must have an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) filled out by an United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited veterinarian in the animal’s state of origin.

Exception:  Goats going directly to slaughter or through a livestock auction market and then to slaughter may be accompanied by an owner hauler statement instead of an interstate CVI.

  1. Goats must have official identification (ID). Official ID numbers must be recorded on the CVI.

Official Identification Options:

  1. 840 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ear tag.
  2. USDA Scrapie Tag
  3. Official neck strap or collar
    1. For use in animals that cannot be ear tagged due to absent or injured ears only.
  4. Legible Tattoo: There are TWO types of acceptable tattoos:
    1. Official breed registration tattoo (registry certificate listing tattoo must accompany animal). Registration tattoos are not considered official ID for slaughter animals unless the sale is for registered animals and registration papers are transferred.
    2. Scrapie Flock ID with individual animal tattoo. Flock ID tattoos are not considered official ID for slaughter animals.
  5. Microchip (EID’s)
    1. There are many requirements to use a microchip as the sole official ID. For more details contact the USDA Michigan office at 517-337-4705.
    2. Microchips are not considered official ID for slaughter animals.

For goats going directly to slaughter:

Group Identification Number (GIN) can be used instead of official ID for animals going directly to slaughter. This number must be recorded on the interstate CVI or owner hauler statement.

  1. Goats six months of age and older coming permanently into Michigan must have had a negative Brucellosis test within 30 days. Test date and negative result must be recorded on the CVI.

Exceptions:

  1. Wethers (castrated male goats) do not need a Brucellosis test.
  2. Goats originating from a certified Brucellosis-free herd do not need a Brucellosis test. To be considered a certified Brucellosis-free herd, this must be through a state program.

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Exhibition (Show, demonstration or display) Requirements

  1. Goats moving within the state of Michigan for exhibition:
    1. Must have official identification (ID) (see Official Identification Options above, under Import Requirements).
  2. Goats being imported from out of state for exhibition:
  1. A completed official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection meeting requirements stated (see import requirements above).
  2. Official ID (see Official Identification Options above, under Import Requirements)
  3. Goats entering Michigan for exhibition purposes only and returning to their state of origin following exhibition do NOT need Brucellosis testing.

      3. Contact the fair, show or exhibition authorities for any additional requirements.

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Moving within Michigan (intrastate)

  1. Goats moving within the state of Michigan must have official identification (see Official Identification Options above, under Import Requirements).

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Leaving Michigan to go to Another State (export)

  1. Goats being exported from the state of Michigan must have Official ID (see official ID Options listed above under import requirements).
  2. Any time official documentation is needed for animal movement by destination state, official ID numbers must be recorded on document(s).
  3. More information can be found at www.interstatelivestock.com
  4. Please contact the state of destination. AHO contact information by State.

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International Movement

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

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