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Nebraska: Import requirements for cattle and bison effective April 1

Effective April 1, 2011, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture is issuing an Importation Order for cattle and bison originating from the Designated Surveillance Areas (DSA) in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA), encompassing portions of the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming due to ongoing endemic brucellosis affected animals, specifically free-roaming elk and bison.

The order is being issued to protect Nebraska cattle and bison industries, and to aid in the tracing of cattle and bison which could be used for breeding purposes, imported into Nebraska from these DSAs. All sexually intact cattle and bison, including those going direct to slaughter, shall be subject to this Order when originating from the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, as defined below:

• Idaho (Designated Surveillance Area within the counties of Teton, Bonneville, Fremont, Caribou, and Bear Lake);

• Montana (Designated Surveillance Area within the counties of Park, Gallatin, Madison, and Beaverhead); and

• Wyoming (Designated Surveillance Area within the counties of Fremont, Park, Sublette, Lincoln, and Teton)

The order applies to cattle and bison, including:

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• All sexually intact cattle and bison imported into Nebraska which originate from a DSA within the GYA listed above, shall:

– Be individually identified with permanent, official USDA/APHIS approved identification. Market backtags shall not be considered a form of permanent, individual identification for purposes of this order; or

– Be individually identified to state of origin (Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming), so long as such identification:

1. Provides a unique identification number for the animal; and

2. Can be traced back to the herd where the tag was originally applied; and

3. Enter Nebraska with a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) which states, “These cattle and bison originated from within one of the DSAs and have permanent, individual identification.”

• All sexually intact cattle and bison moving direct to slaughter from a DSA shall be individually identified with permanent, official USDA/APHIS approved identification, excluding market backtags. Such cattle and bison do not require a CVI to be imported into Nebraska, but the individual identification for each animal shall:

1. Identify the GYA state of origin; and

2. Allow the animal to be traced to the herd of original tag application.

• All sexually intact cattle and bison, except those moving direct to slaughter, which originate from the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, but which do not originate from within one of the DSAs, shall enter Nebraska with a CVI which states, “These cattle and bison do not originate from within the DSA.”

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