Animal Disease Traceability

Step 1 - Inquire


The federal rules pertaining to the movement of livestock across state lines are only the basic requirements. Each state will make its own rules regarding the import of livestock into their jurisdiction. In many cases, additional identification on the livestock or specific information about the animals will be required.

This additional identification or information may be a part of the receiving states permanent regulations. They may also be required under special or unusual situations by an import order or orders. These import orders will state what requirements must be met for livestock to be imported to the state of destination. To make yourself aware of what may required for you to ship your livestock to another state or into Nebraska from another state use the links below. Click the appropriate state link, and it will take you to that state’s information. Remember, when the livestock are being gathered and prepared for shipment, have your veterinarian contact the state veterinarian’s office in the state of destination. They will be asked for the following information:

  • Origin and locations the animals have been in;
  • Destination of the shipment;
  • Age of animals in the shipment; and
  • Type or class of livestock in the shipment.
  • Purpose or reason the animals are being shipped into the state, such as:
    • Breeding
    • Feeding
    • Exhibition/Rodeo
    • Slaughter
  • The Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) also known as the health certificate, number for the shipment.

Import manager contact information for U.S. states and territories (.xlsx)

The USDA is working with United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) to provide a single web site for import requirements for each state. The information is still being developed and someone importing animals into Nebraska is still responsible to meet Nebraska import requirements regardless of the information they may find on websites provided by any entity other than the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Interstate Livestock


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