INTERSTATE CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION (ICVI) OR HEALTH CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS FOR:

Cattle and bison moved interstate must be accompanied by an ICVI, unless:

  • They are moved directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment, or directly to an approved livestock facility and then directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment, and are accompanied by an owner-shipper statement.
  • They are moved directly to an approved livestock facility with an owner-shipper statement and do not move interstate from the facility, unless accompanied by an ICVI.
  • They are moved from the farm of origin for veterinary medical examination or treatment and returned to the farm of origin without change in ownership.
  • They are moved directly from one state through another state and back to the original state.
  • They are moved as a commuter herd with a copy of the commuter herd agreement or other document, as agreed to by the states or tribes involved in the movement.
  • They are moved between shipping and receiving states or tribes with documentation other than an ICVI, e.g., a brand inspection certificate, as agreed upon by animal health officials in the shipping and receiving states or tribes.

The official identification number of cattle or bison must be recorded on the ICVI or alternate documentation unless:

  • The cattle or bison are moved from an approved livestock facility directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment.
  • The cattle and bison are sexually intact cattle or bison under 18 months of age or steers or spayed heifers.  This exception does not apply to female sexually intact dairy cattle of any age or to cattle or bison used for rodeo, exhibition, or recreational purposes.

The traceability rule references existing regulations for swine; thus, there is no change in the requirements for interstate movement of these animals.

Official Identification Device and Methods

Swine required to be officially identified for interstate movement must be identified by a device or method authorized by 9 CFR part 71.19

Official Identification Requirement

Swine moving interstate must be officially identified in accordance with 9 CFR 71.19.

ICVI/Movement Requirements

Swine moved interstate must be accompanied by documentation in accordance with 9 CFR part 71.19 and, if applicable, part 85.

Under the new traceability rule, horses and other equines moving interstate must be officially identified prior to interstate movement, unless they are:

  • Used as the mode of transportation (horseback, horse and buggy) for travel to another location and then return direct to the original location.
  • Moved from the farm or stable for veterinary medical examination or treatment and returned to the same location without change in ownership.
  • Moved directly from a location in one state through another state to a second location in the original state.
  • Moved 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 or tribes.

Equines commercially transported to slaughter must be identified in accordance with Title 9, Part 88 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Official identification methods for equine include:

  • A description sufficient to identify the individual equine, including but 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).  When the identity of the equine is in question at the receiving destination, the state or tribal animal health official in the state or tribe of destination or Animal and Plant Inspection Services (APHIS) representative may determine if the description provided is sufficient; or
  • Electronic identification that complies with ISO 11784/11785; or
  • Non-ISO electronic identification injected to the equine on or before February 26, 2014; or
  • Digital photographs sufficient to identify the individual equine.
  • For equines being commercially transported to slaughter, a device or method authorized by Title 9, Part 88 of the CFR is required.

 Horses and other equines moved interstate must be accompanied by an ICIV or other interstate movement document, unless they meet one of the following exemptions:

  • They are used as the mode of transportation (horseback, horse and buggy) for travel to another location and then return direct to the original location.
  • They are moved from the farm or stable for veterinary medical examination or treatment and returned to the same location without change in ownership.
  • They are moved directly from a location in one state through another state to a second location in the original state.
  • Additionally, equines may be moved between shipping and receiving states or tribes with documentation other than an ICVI, e.g., an equine infectious anemia test chart, as agreed to by the shipping and receiving states or tribes involved in the movement.

In addition, equines moving commercially to slaughter must be accompanied by documentation, in accordance with Title 9, Part 88 of the CFR, and equine infectious anemia reactors moving interstate must be accompanied by documentation, as required by Title 9, Part 75 of the CFR.

More information is available at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/ or from your state animal health official’s office.

The traceability rule references existing regulations for sheep and goats; thus, there is no change in the requirements for interstate movement of these animals.

Official Identification Device and Methods

Sheep and goats required to be officially identified for interstate movement must be identified by a device or method authorized by 9 CFR part 79.

Official Identification Requirements

Sheep and goats moved interstate must be officially identified before the interstate movement, unless they are exempt from official identification requirements under 9 CFR part 79 or are officially identified after the interstate movement, as provided in 9 CFR part 79.

ICVI/Movement Requirements

Sheep and goats moved interstate must be accompanied by documentation as required by 9 CFR part 79.

Click here to see text of 9 CFR part 79.

Poultry moved interstate, unless exempt, are required to be officially identified under the new traceability rule with one of the following devices or methods:

  • Identification devices or methods approved for use in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), such as sealed and numbered leg bands
  • Group/lot identification with a group/lot identification number

Poultry are exempt from the official identification requirement for the following interstate movements:

  • The shipment of poultry is from a hatchery to a redistributor or poultry grower; or
  • The shipment is from a redistributor to a poultry grower and the person responsible for receiving the chick maintains a record of the supplier of the chicks.

Additionally, other identification devices or methods may be used, as agreed upon by animal health officials of the states or tribes involved in the interstate movement.

An ICVI must accompany poultry moving interstate unless the poultry is moved:

  • From a flock participating in the NPIP and accompanied by the documentation required by that program
  • Directly to a recognized slaughtering or rendering establishment;
  • From the farm of origin for veterinary medical examination, treatment, or diagnostic purposes and either returned to the farm of origin without change in ownership or euthanized and disposed of at the veterinary facility;
  • Directly from one state through another state and back to the original state;
  • Between shipping and receiving states or tribes with a VS Form 9-3 or documentation other than an ICVI, as agreed upon by animal health officials in the shipping and receiving states or tribes; or
  • Moved under permit in accordance with 9 CFR part 82.

NPIP is a cooperative industry State-Federal program through which new diagnostic technology can be effectively applied to improve poultry and poultry products throughout the United States. NPIP establishes standards for the evaluation of poultry breeding stock and hatchery products with respect to freedom from egg-transmitted and hatchery-disseminated diseases.

APHIS assigns each participant an official approval number.  This number, prefaced by the numerical code of the state, may be used on each certificate, invoice, shipping label, or other document used by the participant in the sale of his or her products.

Participants in NPIP may buy or receive products from flocks that are neither participants nor part of an equivalent program for use in breeding flocks or for experimental purposes. Participants must maintain records of purchases, sales, and any products handled.

More information is available at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/ or from your state animal health official’s office.

Movements of Cervid are covered in 9 CFR 77, excerpts of which are listed on this page. Click here 9 CFR 77 to see all of part 77

§77.23 Interstate movement from accredited-free States and zones.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this part, captive cervids that originate in an accredited-free State or zone may be moved interstate in accordance with 9 CFR part 86 and without further restriction under this part.

■ 16. Section 77.25 is revised to read as follows:

§77.25 Interstate movement from modified accredited advanced States and zones.
Captive cervids that originate in a modified accredited advanced State or zone, and that are not known to be infected with or exposed to tuberculosis, may be moved interstate only in accordance with 9 CFR part 86 and, if moved anywhere other than directly to slaughter at a recognized slaughtering establishment, under one of the following additional conditions:
(a) The captive cervids are from an accredited herd, qualified herd, or monitored herd; are officially identified; and are accompanied by an ICVI stating that the herd completed the requirements for accredited herd,  qualified herd, or monitored herd status within 24 months prior to the date of movement.
(b) The captive cervids are officially identified and are accompanied by an ICVI stating that they were negative to an official tuberculin test conducted within 90 days prior to the date of movement.  (Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0579‑0146)

■ 17. Section 77.27 is revised to read as follows:

§77.27 Interstate movement from modified accredited States and zones.
Except for captive cervids from a qualified herd or monitored herd, as provided in §§77.36 and 77.37, respectively, captive cervids that originate in a modified accredited State or zone, and that are not known to be infected with or exposed to tuberculosis, may be moved interstate only in accordance with 9 CFR part 86 and, if moved anywhere other than directly to slaughter at a recognized slaughtering establishment, under one of the following additional conditions:
(a) The captive cervids are from an accredited herd, are officially identified, and are accompanied by an ICVI stating that the accredited herd completed the testing necessary for accredited status with negative results within 24 months prior to the date of movement.
(b) The captive cervids are sexually intact animals; are not from an accredited herd; are officially identified; and are accompanied by an ICVI stating that the herd from which they originated was negative to a whole herd test conducted within 1 year prior to the date of movement and that the individual animals to be moved were negative to an additional official tuberculin test conducted within 90 days prior to the date of movement; Except that:
The additional test is not required if the animals are moved interstate within 6 months following the whole herd test. (Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0579–0146)

■ 18. Section 77.29 is revised to read as
follows:

§77.29 Interstate movement from accreditation preparatory States and zones.
Except for captive cervids from a qualified herd or monitored herd, as provided in §§77.36 and 77.37, respectively, captive cervids that originate in an accreditation preparatory State or zone, and that are not known to be infected with or exposed to tuberculosis, may be moved interstate only in accordance with 9 CFR part 86 and, if moved anywhere other than directly to slaughter at a recognized slaughtering establishment, under one of the following additional conditions:
(a) The captive cervids are from an accredited herd; are officially identified; and are accompanied by an ICVI stating that the accredited herd completed the testing necessary for accredited status with negative results within 24 months prior to the date of movement and that the individual animals to be moved were negative to an official tuberculin test conducted within 90 days prior to the date of movement.
(b) The captive cervids are sexually intact animals; are not from an accredited herd; are officially identified; and are accompanied by an ICVI stating that the herd from which they originated was negative to a whole herd test conducted within 1 year prior to the date of movement and that the individual animals to be moved were negative to two additional official tuberculin tests conducted at least 90 days apart and no more than 6 months apart, with the second test conducted within 90 days prior to the date of movement; Except that:
The second additional test is not required if the animals are moved interstate within 6 months following the whole herd test.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0579–0146)

§77.31 [Amended]
■ 19. Section 77.31 is amended by removing the words ‘‘an approved’’ and adding the words ‘‘a recognized’’ in their place.

§77.32 [Amended]
■ 20. Section 77.32 is amended as follows: ■ a. In paragraph (a), by removing the words ‘‘§§77.25 (a), 77.27(a), 77.29(a), and 77.31(d)’’ and adding the words ‘‘9 CFR part 86’’ in their place. ■ b. In paragraph (c), by removing the words ‘‘accompanied by a certificate’’ and adding the words ‘‘officially identified and accompanied by an ICVI’’ in their place.

■ 21. In § 77.35, paragraph (b) is revised to read as follows:

§77.35 Interstate movement from accredited herds.
(b) Movement allowed. Except as provided in §77.23 with regard to captive cervids that originate in an accredited-free State or zone, and except as provided in §77.31 with regard to captive cervids that originate in a nonaccredited State or zone, a captive cervid from an accredited herd may be moved interstate without further tuberculosis testing only if it is officially identified and is accompanied by an ICVI, as provided in §77.32(c), that includes a statement that the captive cervid is from an accredited herd. If a group of captive cervids from an accredited herd is being moved interstate together to the same destination, all captive cervids in the group may be moved under one ICVI.
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■ 22. In §77.36, paragraphs (b)(2), (b)(3), and (b)(4) are revised to read as follows:
§77.36 Interstate movement from qualified herds.
(b)
(2) The captive cervid is officially identified and is accompanied by an ICVI, as provided in §77.32(c), that includes a statement that the captive cervid is from a qualified herd. Except as provided in paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this section, the ICVI must also state that the captive cervid has tested negative to an official tuberculosis test conducted within 90 days prior to the date of movement. If a group of captive cervids from a qualified herd is being moved interstate together to the same destination, all Captive cervids in the group may be moved under one ICVI.
(3) Captive cervids under 1 year of age that are natural additions to the qualified herd or that were born in and originate from a classified herd may move without testing, provided that they are officially identified and that the ICVI accompanying them states that the captive cervids are natural additions to the qualified herd or were born in and originated from a classified herd and have not been exposed to captive cervids from an unclassified herd.
(4) Captive cervids being moved interstate for the purpose of exhibition only may be moved without testing, provided they are returned to the premises of origin no more than 90 days after leaving the premises, have no contact with other livestock during movement and exhibition, are officially identified, and are accompanied by an ICVI that includes a statement that the captive cervid is from a qualified herd and will otherwise meet the requirements of this paragraph.

■ 23. In §77.37, paragraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3) are revised to read as follows:

§77.37 Interstate movement from monitored herds.

(b)
(2) The captive cervid is officially identified and is accompanied by an ICVI, as provided in §77.32(c), that includes a statement that the captive cervid is from a monitored herd. Except as provided in paragraph (b)(3) of this section, the ICVI must also state that the captive cervid has tested negative to an official tuberculosis test conducted within 90 days prior to the date of movement. If a group of captive cervids from a monitored herd is being moved interstate together to the same destination, all captive cervids in the group may be moved under one ICVI.
(3) Captive cervids under 1 year of age that are natural additions to the monitored herd or that were born in and originate from a classified herd may move without testing, provided that they are officially identified and that the ICVI accompanying them states that the captive cervids are natural additions to the monitored herd or were born in and originated from a classified herd and
have not been exposed to captive cervids from an unclassified herd.