Cattle & Bison Imports

On April 29th, a federal order went into effect regarding the interstate movement of lactating dairy cattle and H5N1/Bovine Influenza A Virus (BIAV). This order prohibits the movement of animals from a currently affected or suspect premises and enacts testing requirements. In addition to their standard import requirements, lactating dairy cattle moving interstate have the following requirements:

  • CVI must state lactation status (Lactating or Non-Lactating)
  • Up to 30 head of lactating cattle from each shipment require a negative H5N1 test within 7 days before entry, in accordance with the current federal guidance document. Movements of 30 head or less require that all animals be tested. Movements of more than 30 head require 30 head in that shipment be tested.
    • Negative test date and lab name must be recorded on CVI.

Intact female dairy cattle moving directly to slaughter must have either a CVI listing lactation status and official identification, or an alternate movement document listing official identification or back tag numbers. This alternate movement document is only valid for animals moving directly to slaughter.

For more details see the administrative order from May 2, 2024 and the USDA movement order effective April 29, 2024.

More information on HPAI in cattle can be found here.

View a quick-reference of biosecurity practices to best protect your operation from potential disease. Additional resources are available on the biosecurity page.

In addition to the below requirements, all cattle and bison from Canada require an entry permit and individual, official identification listed on the CVI.

Female Cattle (Intact):

Male Cattle (Intact):

Spayed or Freemartin Female Cattle and Castrated Male Cattle:

  • CVI with the full physical address of the destination.
  • If animals are moving for show, individual, official identification must be listed on the CVI.
  • Unless entering an approved tagging site, a statement that all animals have individual, official identification.
  • CVI with the full physical address of the destination.
  • All animals 6 months of age and older are required to have a negative tuberculosis test within 12 months before entering Idaho.
  • Individual, official identification must be listed on the CVI.

All cattle going directly to an Approved Slaughter Facility to be slaughtered within 3 days are exempt from all of the above requirements.

*Entry Permits are not required when using an approved electronic CVI form. The only approved eCVI forms are those from GlobalVetLink, State of Oregon, Washington OVIS, Vet Sentry, Sale Time, Mi-Corporation, myVetTech, Acclaim Systems VET CVI and State of Texas. If you are not using one of these forms, normal permit requirements still apply. Please note VSPS is NOT an approved eCVI system.
Idaho also has a grazing permit program, with agreements between Idaho and seven (7) other states allowing established herds to commute and graze between states with slightly different requirements. If you would like to graze a herd through this program, please see the grazing permit information or contact us.

Livestock Import Brochure

A summary of all large animal import requirements.

 ISDA system for veterinarians to obtain animal entry permits.

If you have questions regarding brand inspections for animals entering Idaho, contact the Idaho Brand Board at (208) 884-7070.