A permit is required on all bison entering the state, except those for immediate slaughter.

A certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) is required for all bison entering the state. Bison coming for immediate slaughter or originating directly from a producer's premises, not diverted en route, and consigned to an auction market approved by the board, do not need a CVI.

Individual identification by official USDA metal eartags or approved radio frequency identification (RFID) tags is required for all bison, except those for immediate slaughter.

Brucellosis - Negative brucellosis test on all test eligible (>18 months or >24 months if OCV) animals within 30 days prior to entry into North Dakota.

  • A negative brucellosis test is required for animals originating from: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and the following counties in Wyoming: Hot Springs, Park, Big Horn, Washakie, Teton, Fremont, Sublette, and Lincoln.

Tuberculosis - Negative tuberculosis test is required on all bison sixty (60) days of age or older, except nursing calves accompanying negative-tested dams, within 30 days prior to entry into North Dakota.

  • A negative tuberculosis test is required for animals originating from: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, the following counties in Indiana: Franklin, Rush, Fayette, Decatur, Ripley, Dearborn, and Union, Michigan, Minnesota (former TB Management Zone only), New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

Trichomonas foetus - Non-virgin bulls and all bulls > 24 months of age or older must have one (1) negative PCR test within 60 days prior to importation or three (3) consecutive, weekly, negative culture tests and statement on CVI "no contact with females since date of last test".  For exemptions, please refer to North Dakota Administrative Code §48.1-04-01-02.

Scabies - Bison originating from the following states: Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas must be treated with an approved avermectin product within 14 days of importation.

California

In addition to above requirements, bison originating from California over 60 days of age must test negative for Tuberculosis within 30 days prior to import, or originate from a Tuberculosis accredited free herd with the date of the last test and accredited herd number listed on certificate of veterinary inspection.

Canadian Bison Requirements

  1. Importation permit number obtained from ND State Board of Animal Health, prior to entry into North Dakota, except those for immediate slaughter.
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI).
  3. Individual official identification by an electronic identification compatible with the federal animal identification plan and listed individually on certificate of veterinary inspection.
  4. Hot iron or freeze CΛN brand or CΛN ear tattooWhen applied, the brand must not be less than 2 inches or more than 3 inches high and applied high on the right hip.
  5. Brucellosis
    • Negative test required within 30 days prior to importation on all test eligible bison (18 months of age and older).
  6. Tuberculosis
    • Negative test required on all animals 60 days of age and older within 30 days prior to entry (nursing calves accompanying negative-tested dam are exempt).
  7. Trichomonas foetus
    • Non-virgin bulls and all bulls > 24 months of age or older must have one (1) negative PCR test within 60 days prior to importation or three (3) consecutive, weekly, negative culture tests and statement on CVI "no contact with females since date of last test".  For exemptions, please refer to North Dakota Administrative Code §48.1-04-01-02.

                                                                                                          Vesicular Stomatitis Notice

All imports of horses, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, swine, and cervidae from any states which have a confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis positive animal or have a quarantine in place, are required to be accompanied by a pre-entry permit number prior to import into North Dakota.  The permit number is to be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) and is given to the veterinarian issuing the CVI.

A statement shall be written on the CVI by the issuing veterinarian that indicates that "the animals on the CVI have not originated from a premises or an area under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis or a premises on which Vesicular Stomatitis has been diagnosed in the last 30 days; and the animals in the shipment have no signs of Vesicular Stomatitis."

'For shipments within a 10 mile radius of an infected area or premises, use the statement above except for the exam must be within a 24 hour time frame as well as the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 24 hours.'

These requirements shall remain in effect until notice is given by the North Dakota Board of Animal Health.