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The final rule on animal disease traceability became effective on March 11, 2013. The rule outlines federal requirements for the interstate movement of animals including what animals are required to be officially identified, approved forms of official identification, certification requirements, and allowed exemptions. A summary of the new rule as it applies to cattle is included below. The full text can be accessed here. Additionally, the USDA has traceability information on their website.

Over the next several months, MDOL will be working to ensure that Montana is in compliance with the new federal traceability rule. If you are interested in in participating in the discussion, please contact MDOL.


CATTLE

Cattle Traceability Matrix

Traceability Requirements for Cattle Imported into Montana

OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

 Cattle and/or bison moving interstate are required to be officially identified prior to interstate movement if they are:
  • Sexually intact animals 18 months of age and over
  • Used for rodeo or recreational events (any age)
  • Used for shows or exhibitions (any age)
  • Female dairy cattle of any age
  • Dairy males born after March 11, 2013
 Please note, cattle and domestic bison originating from Montana's DSA have additional identification requirements.
 ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION:
  • An official eartag (840 RFID tag, metal bangs tag, silver metal USDA tag)
  • Brands registered with a recognized brand inspection authority when approved by both the shipping and receiving states. Animals must be accompanied by an official brand inspection certificate.
  • Registered breed tattoos when approved by both the shipping and receiving states. Animals must be accompanied by a breed registration certificate.
 EXEMPTIONS TO OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE ANIMALS MOVED:
  • As a commuter herd with a copy of the commuter herd agreement between shipping and receiving states.
  • Directly from a location in one State through another State to a second location in the original State.
  • Directly to an approved tagging site and are officially identified before commingling with cattle and bison from other premises.
  • Between shipping and receiving States or Tribes with another form of identification, as agreed upon by animal health officials in the shipping and receiving states.
  • Directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment or directly to no more than one approved livestock facility and then directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment, where they are harvested within 3 days of arrival AND they are moved with a USDA approved backtag.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

 Cattle and bison moved interstate must be accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (ICVI) unless they are moved:
  • Directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment, or to an approved livestock facility and then directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment, and they are accompanied by an owner-shipper statement.
  • Directly to an approved livestock facility with an owner-shipper statement and do not move interstate from the facility unless accompanied by an ICVI.
  • From farm of origin for veterinary medical examination or treatment and returned to farm of origin without change of ownership.
  • Directly from state through another state and back to the original state.
  • As a commuter herd with a copy of the commuter herd agreement as agreed by both the shipping and receiving states.
  • Between shipping and receiving states with documentation other than an ICVI, e.g., a brand inspection certificate, only when agreed upon by animal health officials in both states.

HORSES AND OTHER EQUINE SPECIES

OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

ALL horses and other equines moved interstate must be officially identified prior to interstate movement.
 ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION:
  • A description sufficient to identify the individual equine including, not limited to, name, age, breed, color, gender, distinctive markings, and unique and permanent forms of identification when present (e.g., brands, tattoos, scars, cowlicks, blemishes or biometric measurements).
  • ISO compliant electronic identification (e.g., microchip).
  • Non-ISO electronic identification injected to the equine on or before March 11, 2014.
  • Digital photographs sufficient to identify the individual equine.
  • A device or method authorized in 9 CFR Part 88 for equines being commercially transported to slaughter.
 EXEMPTIONS TO OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE ANIMALS MOVED:
  • Used as the mode of transportation for travel to another location and then returning directly to original location.
  • Moved from the farm of origin for veterinary medical examination or treatment and returned to the same location without change of ownership.
  • Moved directly from a location in one State through another State to a second location in the original state.
  • They are moved between shipping and receiving States with another form of identification as agreed upon by animal health officials in the shipping and receiving States.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

 Horses and other equines moved interstate must be accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (ICVI) unless they are moved:
  • As the mode of transportation (horseback, horse and buggy) for travel to another location and then return direct to the original location.
  • From the farm or stable for veterinary medical examination or treatment and returned to the same location without change in ownership.
  • Directly from a location in one State through another State to a second location in the original State.
  • Between shipping and receiving States with documentation other than an ICVI, e.g., an equine infectious anemia test chart, as agreed to by the shipping and receiving States involved in the movement.

ICVIS FOR ALL ANIMALS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

  • Species covered
  • Number of animals in shipment
  • Purpose for movement
  • Physical address from which animals originated
  • Physical address that animal are destined to
  • Name and address of consignor and consignee (if different)
  • For animals that are required to be officially identified, the official identification number must be recorded on the ICVI unless animals are moved from an approved livestock facility directly to slaughter