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 at a state or federally inspected facility approved to handle bison, may be exempt from CVI requirement. Please call the Animal Health Division. .

 

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

 

Brucella Abortus - Negative test required within 30 days prior to entry on all test eligible bison (18 months of age and older) originating from the following states:

  • 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.

North Dakota recognizes Montana’s intrastate testing requirements for Brucellosis. Brucellosis test date must be provided if animals are coming from Montana’s DSA zone.

 

Tuberculosis - Negative test required on all bison, 60 days of age and older, within 30 days prior to entry (nursing calves accompanying negative-tested dam are exempt), if originating from the following states:

  • Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, the following counties in Indiana: Franklin, Rush, Fayette, Decatur, Ripley, Dearborn, and Union, Michigan, 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.

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 tattoo. When applied, the brand must not be less than 2 inches or more than 3 inches high and applied high on the right hip.
  5. Brucella Abortus
    1. Negative test required within 30 days prior to importation on all test eligible bison (18 months of age and older).
  6. Tuberculosis
    1. 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
    1. 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.