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Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Guidelines for Importing Feeder Cattle from the United States
1. Canadian Feedlots must be approved to import U.S. feeder cattle by CFIA. Feedlots must be able to track the movement of imported animals into, within and from the feedlot to the final destination.

2. Feeder cattle from the 39 low risk states can enter Canada without testing if the states are also recognized free of bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis under U.S. federal programs.

3. Feeder cattle imported into Canada must enter and be harvested before reaching 30 months of age.

4. Animals in the shipment must be accompanied a certificate from or endorsement by an official veterinarian of the United States.

5. Animals must be individually identified with a USDA eartag number, age in months, breed, color and markings, sex and any other identification present on the animal such as brands or registration numbers.

6. All cattle must be identified with a unique CCIA USF eartag, or in Quebec an ATQ eartag applied promptly upon arrival at the importing premise.

7. Feeder cattle from the remaining 11 states can also move to Canada without testing if they reside for at least 60 days in a qualifying state prior to shipment to Canada.

8. Feedlots in the Okanagan Valley can only import from qualifying states from October 1 - March 31 or from Hawaii throughout the year.

9. Imported animals are only eligible to leave the feedlot for immediate slaughter, movement to another approved feedlot or re-export to the U.S. once the export market is re-opened.

10. Imported cattle cannot be commingled prior to or during processing.

11. The eleven restricted states are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas.

12. For more information and a complete text of the rules, please visit http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/policy/ie-2001-14-3e.shtml

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