Montana Department of Livestock

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Department of Livestock
Animal Health Bureau
PO Box 202001
Helena, MT 59620-2001
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Montana Import Requirements

Dairy Cattle Import Alert

Until further notice, the importation of lactating dairy cattle into Montana must meet the testing and movement requirements of the USDA APHIS Federal Order, effective April 29, 2024, including:

  • A negative test for Influenza A virus at an approved National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratory within 7 days prior to movement.
  • A certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) per 9 CFR Part 86, Animal Disease Traceability, including:
    • The lactation status of the cow (lactating or non-lactating)
    • Negative test results including laboratory name, accession number, and test date
    • Individual official identification 


Clinical dairy cattle or cattle from herds with a positive test or compatible clinical signs are not eligible for importation into Montana.


Lactating dairy cattle moving direct to slaughter are not required to have a premovement test and may travel on a CVI or other documentation approved by the State Veterinarian.

For further information on testing guidelines and requirements, please see the USDA APHIS Federal Notice at the following link:



Alternative Livestock


Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets

For more information please contact Fish, Wildlife, and Parks at 406-444-2535.

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