Animal HealthTraceabilityScenarios

Traceability Scenarios

The following examples illustrate how the federal rule applies to movement of various classes of cattle interstate. Brands information provides additional options to movement in some situations. Please remember that individual states may have import requirements that are more restrictive. Always check with the state of destination when shipping animals to ensure that you are meeting all of their requirements.

SCENARIO #1: Female cattle 24 months of age sold at a MT livestock market direct to an out of state slaughter plant.

Minimum Requirement Backtag
Explanation Animals moved direct to a recognized slaughter establishment where they will be harvested within 3 days of arrival are exempt from individual identification requirements if they are moved with a USDA approved backtag. These animals are also exempt from the ICVI requirement.

SCENARIO #2: Female cattle 36 months sold at a MT livestock market to an out of state livestock market.

Minimum Requirement ICVI
Explanation Animals are exempt from the identification requirement when they are moved directly to an approved tagging site. Although these animals sold at a Montana livestock market first, they did not enter interstate commerce until under new ownership. These animals are not originating from the farm of origin so they are not exempt from the ICVI requirement.

SCENARIO #3: Female cattle 24 months sold at a MT livestock market to an out of state feedlot (approved tagging site).

Minimum Requirement ICVI
Explanation See explanation in Scenario #2.
 

SCENARIO #4: Wyoming origin cattle are moved direct from farm of origin to a MT livestock market where they are sold to an out of state livestock market.

Minimum Requirement Individual identification and an ICVI.
Explanation The movement of the animals from the farm of origin to the MT livestock market was a movement direct to a tagging site, therefore the animals could be moved with no identification and no ICVI, provided they are identified at the market prior to commingling (backtag). Once at the market, there are no further exemptions unless the animals are going direct to slaughter. if going to slaughter, the animals could move on a backtag and owner/shipper statement. For all other movements the animals must be identified and an ICVI issued before moving across state lines.

SCENARIO #5: Female cattle 19 months sold at a MT livestock market to an out of state ranch (non-market, non-tagging site) in a brand state. The animals are individually identified and the state of destination will accept a brand inspection as an approved form of identification.

Minimum Requirement Brand inspection and an ICVI with brand inspection information documented.
Explanation Although the animals are officially identified, a brand inspection accepted by the state of destination is the form of identification used for this movement and is what should be documented on the ICVI.

SCENARIO #6: Female cattle 19 months Are shipped from ranch of origin to a ranch (nonmarket, non-tagging site) in a state that does not recognize brand inspections as an approved form of official identification.

Minimum Requirement Individual identification listed on an ICVI.
Explanation There are no exemptions for the movement of this class of cattle.

SCENARIO #7: Sexually intact male cattle 7 months of age from Montana’s DSA are shipped from ranch of origin direct to an out of state feedlot.

Minimum Requirement Individual identification listed and an ICVI.
Explanation Although this class of cattle is not required to be identified under federal traceability standards, Montana requires that all sexually intact animals leaving the DSA must be officially identified. It will be up to the state of destination as to whether identification must be listed on the ICVI.