Livestock Import Requirements


In an effort to protect the dairy herd in Nebraska, NDA is issuing an importation order effective immediately. The importation order will require all breeding female dairy cattle entering the state of Nebraska to obtain a permit issued by NDA prior to entry. The importation order has been extended to June 30, 2024 and will be re-evaluated at that time. More information can be found here.

What are the rules to move animals into Nebraska?


If your state/country is not listed, please call your local USDA Area Office.

If your movement requires a pre-entry import permit, please see the following:

Obtaining an Entry Permit

  • Livestock entry permits can be obtained by calling the Nebraska State Veterinarian's Office at 402-471-2351.

The Nebraska State Veterinarian's Office business hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Central Standard Time).

If Moving Livestock to Another State, Know the Regulations for the Destination State
If moving livestock to another state, please call ahead and know the regulations for the destination state. Check the USDA website for additional information and international animal transport regulations or you can access the Interstate Livestock website.

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Contact Us
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
Animal & Plant Health Protection
PO Box 94787
Lincoln, NE 68509