Sanitary Requirements for Export of Cattle or Bison from Canada to the United States of America
HA 1941 (Amended 2015-04-10)

1. The animals were born in the United States or Canada or were legally imported into Canada from a region recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a region not restricted due to BSE, and have been under no movement restrictions within Canada or the United States for at least 60 days prior to importation into the United States.

2. I have inspected the animals and found them to be free from any evidence of communicable disease and that, as far as can be determined, they have not been exposed to any such disease during the preceding 60 days.

3. Canada is free of foot-and-mouth disease, rinderpest, surra, and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia.

4. The animals were born on or after March 1, 1999 which is the date determined by APHIS to be the effective enforcement of a ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban.

5. The animals are not in quarantine in Canada.

6. The cattleFootnote 1 have been permanently and humanely identified with a distinct and legible "CAN" mark that has been applied with a freeze brand or hot iron, and is easily visible on the live animal. The mark was applied to each animal's right hip, high on the tail-head and is not less than two (2) inches or more than three (3) inches high. A tattoo bearing the letters "CAN" applied to the inside of the left ear is also acceptable; or any other alternative method approved by the USDA before the shipment reaches the port of entry into the U.S.

7. The cattle or bison have been individually identified with an official Canadian ear-tag, applied prior to each animal's entry into the United States. In addition to the official Canadian ear-tag, bison exported without a permanent mark must be identified with a secondary dangle tag bearing the same official number.

8. The animals are from a brucellosis-free province or territory or from a brucellosis free herd.

9. a) The animals have continuously resided in a tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) free or accredited advanced province in Canada, or their U.S. equivalent e.g. tuberculosis accredited free or modified accredited advanced State.

b) The animals originating from the province of Manitoba have been tested within sixty (60) days of the date of export with negative results using the caudal fold intradermal test, unless they:

  1. are steers and/or spayed heifers; or
  2. are at least five days of age but not more than four weeks of age; or
  3. are sexually intact heifers moving to a U.S. feedlot then to slaughter.
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