Certificate of veterinary inspection -is required for all sheep entering the state, except those for immediate slaughter at a state or federally inspected slaughter facility.

Permit number -is required on all sheep entering the state, exception made for movements to approved auction market.

Individual identification-by official USDA scrapie eartag is required for all sheep.  Wethers for exhibition and sheep less than 18 months of age in slaughter channels may be exempt from ID requirements.  Contact the office for details.

Brucella Ovis - Rams over six months of age must test negative to Brucella ovis within 30 days prior to entry, or originate from a flock meeting Brucella ovis-free flock status requirements. Rams 6 months of age and older can only be sold 'direct to slaughter' (no feeding for slaughter) without testing.

Scrapie statement to be included on the certificate of veterinary inspection: 

For Feeder Lambs less than 18 months of age only:
  -"The animals in the shipment are not exhibiting clinical signs associated with scrapie" OR
  -"The animals in the shipment have no history of clinical signs or exposure to contagious or infectious diseases."

For any age of Breeding Sheep and Any Class of Sheep over 18 months of age:
  -"To the best of my knowledge, the sheep listed on this certificate originate from a flock that has not been diagnosed as a scrapie-infected, source, or exposed flock in the past five years." (This statement shall be signed by the owner.)

If the flock has been diagnosed as scrapie-infected, source, trace, or exposed in the past five years, but has completed a flock plan and is in full compliance with a Post-Exposure Management and Monitoring Plan (PEMMP), a statement to that effect may be written on the health certificate in lieu of the above statement.


**Sheep coming direct from a producer's premises to an approved auction market

  • All sheep can come direct from a producer's premises to an approved auction market without a health certificate or a permit provided that they are officially identified with a scrapie tag and the owner signs and provides to the auction market the five year scrapie statement.  Feeder lambs <18 months of age can come without the scrapie tag, provided that they are restricted to slaughter channels.


                                                                                                         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.