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Health Requirements Reguarding the Importation of Animals
For more information on current regulations please contact:

Robert M. Cobb, Jr, DVM
State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry
Department of Agriculture
Capitol Square
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4201
Phone: (404) 656-3671 fax: (404) 657-1357
Permits and information: (404) 656-3667

*** GENERAL REQUIREMENTS ***

A. All domestic animals and poultry entering the State of Georgia must conform to Georgia requirements contained herein and be in compliance with Federal regulations and must not be known to be infected with or exposed to any infectious or contagious disease.

B. Screwworms. Any animal originating from a state or area where screwworms have become established shall not be transported into Georgia unless the State Veterinarian has issued a prior permit.

C. Cattle suffering with the disease known as epithelioma (cancer eye) may be shipped into Georgia provided they are accompanied by a USDA Form VS 1-27 permit. Such animals must be consigned to a state or federally approved slaughter establishment..

D. No cattle with positive titers to Anaplasmosis

E. There are no restrictions on healthy animals and poultry moving direct to slaughter except on swine originating from garbage feeding operations. This class of swine may not enter Georgia under any conditions.

Who May Inspect

Any one of the following providing they are approved by the State of origin to make official inspections for completing official certificates of veterinary inspection.

A. Accredited, licensed veterinarians

B. Full-time USDA regulatory veterinarians

C. Full-time State regulatory veterinarians

Requirements for Official Certificates of Veterinary Inspection

An "official certificate of veterinary inspection" is a legible health and test record of standard size, authorized or dispensed by the livestock sanitary official of the State of origin and issued by an accredited veterinarian after examination of the animal (or animals). It is an individual health record of animals covered by the certificate. When applicable, it shows a record of area status, herd tests, vaccination, showing test results of required tests, individual identification, and such other information as may be required. It shall be approved and endorsed by the livestock sanitary official of the State of origin or his designated representative.

A. All livestock transported or otherwise moved into the State shall be accompanied by a copy of an official certificate of veterinary inspection or permit, or both, attached to the waybill or shall be in the possession of the driver of the vehicle or person in charge of the livestock.

B. A copy of the official certificate of veterinary inspection shall be forwarded to the State Veterinarian, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Capitol Square, 19 Martin Luther King Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30334.

C. All livestock not fully in compliance entering the State without a proper certificate of veterinary inspection or permit, or both when required, shall be held in quarantine at owner's risk and expense until released by the State Veterinarian.

D. Brucellosis test accepted for interstate movement of livestock into Georgia is the Tube Test, Official Card Test, PCFIA, and BAPA.

Permits

A. Where permits may be obtained

  1. Livestock, pet and exotic birds: Weekdays 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Georgia Department of Agriculture, 19 Martin Luther King Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30334, Telephone: (404) 656-3667
  2. Poultry and Hatching Eggs Weekdays 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Georgia Poultry Laboratory, Oakwood, Georgia 30566, Telephone (770) 535-5996.

B. When Permits are needed

  1. Livestock and poultry from States or areas within states that do not meet the requirements contained herein may not enter Georgia unless a special permit is obtained from the State Veterinarian or his designated representative.
  2. If the State of origin or the State of Georgia is under quarantine for a specific disease, permits shall be required for the movement into Georgia on the species of animal affected by said quarantine.
  3. All cattle from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming except those for immediate slaughter and steers.
  4. All swine except those for immediate slaughter.
  5. All ratites including those for slaughter.
  6. Permit number must be recorded on the certificate of veterinary inspection.

*** CATTLE ***

General Requirements

All cattle, including Bison, require individual identification on an official certificate of veterinary inspection. Individual identification shall be official USDA metal eartags, registration brands, or registration tattoos. All cattle from Class A States and Class Free States that have been Free less than 24 months require a permit number from the Georgia State Veterinarian prior to importation. Such permit number must be recorded on the certificate of veterinary inspection. Steers, spayed heifers and cattle consigned for immediate slaughter are exempt from individual identification, permit and testing requirements except where so stated.

Cattle Trichomoniasis Import Requirements:

BULLS FROM ANY STATE – BEEF OR DAIRY BREEDS

All virgin and non-virgin bulls 18 months of age and older entering the state must be tested negative for Trichomoniasis within thirty (30) days prior to entry into Georgia. Bulls may be tested by 3 negative official cultures collected at least 7 days apart or one official Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Bulls must not have contact with female cattle between the test and importation into Georgia. Bulls commingled with cows after testing are required to be retested as outlined above. All bulls must be identified with a USDA approved ear tag, registry brand, or registry tattoo. The collect of samples must be conducted by an accredited veterinarian and animals must be identified on an official test chart.

The State Veterinarian may exempt certain bulls from Trichomoniasis test requirements when it is determined that such animals do not pose a risk for introduction of Trichomoniasis into Georgia.

The following bulls are exempt from Trichomoniasis testing prior to entering Georgia:

  1. Exhibition and rodeo bulls that are temporarily in the state for an event with no comingling of female cattle and will be leaving immediately after the event;
  2. Bulls going directly to slaughter or being sold to go directly to slaughter;
  3. Bulls being transported through Georgia in interstate commerce and not offloaded and comingled with female cattle.
  4. Virgin bulls under 18 months of age, as determined by breed registry records or the absence of permanent central incisor teeth in wear, which must be accompanied by a breeder’s certificate signed by the owner, owner’s representative, or an accredited veterinarian. The breeder’s certificate must include the animal’s age, official identification, and a statement that the bull(s) has not commingled with female cattle.

Female cattle of dairy breeds 4 months of age or older must satisfy one of the following:

  1. Be an official brucellosis calfhood vaccinate, or
  2. Originate from a brucellosis certified herd, or
  3. Originate directly from the farm of a bona fide dairy herd in a brucellosis free state (include statement of origin on CVI).

A. Brucellosis Class Free States or Areas:

  1. No brucellosis test requirements for cattle originating from Brucellosis Free states that have maintained Free status for 24 months. No entry permit is required.
  2. A negative brucellosis test within 30 days prior to entry from Free states that have been Free less than 24 months. Entry permit is required.

B. Class A States or Class Free States that have been Free less than 24 month:

a. Steers, spayed heifers and cattle consigned to slaughter.
b. Official calfhood vaccinates of the beef breeds less than eighteen (18) months of age and of the dairy breeds less than eighteen (18) months of age that originate from non-quarantined herds.
c. Unvaccinated animals less than eighteen (18) months of age that originate from non-quarantined herds.
  1. Cattle, including bison, may be imported from certified brucellosis free herds provided the date of the last herd test and the certified herd number is recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
  2. Cattle, including bison, may be shipped into Georgia provided they have a negative brucellosis test within thirty (30) days prior to entry.
  3. Exempt from brucellosis testing:
  4. All cattle, including bison, regardless of age or vaccination status are not allowed entry into Georgia if originating from quarantined or infected herds, unless handled as restricted animals, moved with VS-127 permits, branded accordingly, and shipped directly to slaughter or a quarantined feedlot.

Cattle Tuberculosis

All rodeo bulls and steers eighteen (18) months of age and older must test negative for tuberculosis within twelve (12) months prior to exhibition. All rodeo cattle require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 30 days of the exhibition with each animal individually identified with a USDA approved metal eartag, registry brand or registry tattoo.

Tuberculosis Free States

  1. All cattle, including bison, must originate from an accredited herd with accreditation number and date of last complete herd test recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
  2. All cattle, including bison, must have a negative tuberculosis test within sixty (60) days of shipment if six (6) months of age or older.
  3. EXCEPTION: BEEF cattle, including bison, native to and originating from a TB free state may enter without a test.

Modified Tuberculosis Accredited States

  1. All cattle, including bison, must originate from an accredited herd. Accreditation number and date of last complete herd test must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
  2. All cattle, including bison, must have a negative tuberculosis test within sixty (60) days of shipment if six (6) months of age or older.

Mexican Cattle

  1. Negative tuberculosis test within sixty (60) days of shipment if six (6) months of age or older.
  2. Steers must be “M” branded.

Other Cattle Movements

A. All cattle semen imported into Georgia must originate from bulls that have been sufficiently tested to meet Georgia import requirements and be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection with the bull(s) identification listed.

B. All cattle embryos imported into Georgia must originate from cows that have been sufficiently tested to meet Georgia import requirements. All bulls from which semen is collected must be tested for and found free of vibriosis and Trichomoniasis. An official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must accompany the embryo shipmen

C. All cattle entering Georgia for exhibition or petting zoos must comply with the following requirements:

All animals must be individually identified on a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

Brucellosis

  1. From Brucellosis Free States that have maintained Free status for 24 months: No testing requirements.
  2. From Brucellosis Class A States and Brucellosis Free States that have been Free less than 24 months: Must satisfy brucellosis import requirements as described above for these states.

Tuberculosis

All states must satisfy tuberculosis import requirements as described above.

Note: Exhibition management may require additional requirements. Please check before shipment


*** HORSES and OTHER EQUIDAE ***

General Requirements

All equine must enter on an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection with a general description.

Equine Infectious Anemia Import Requirements

A. All equine shall be tested for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in a recognized laboratory within twelve (12) months prior to importation and must be negative to an official test. Suckling foals less than six (6) months of age and traveling with a negative EIA dam are exempt from EIA testing.

B. Negative EIA test results shall be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection as well as the date of the test, the name and address of the testing laboratory and accession number.

Specific Disease Requirements

Horses, mules, and asses must be negative to a test for equine piroplasmosis if they originate in an area where the disease is known to exist, or where the tropical horse tick (Dermacentor nitens) is known to winter over. These results must be indicated on the certificate of veterinary inspection. These horses must enter on a special permit.

Other Equine Movements

A. Equine imported into Georgia for exhibition or consigned to petting zoos must be negative to the EIA test within twelve (12) months prior to entry regardless of age. A general description of the animal(s) shipped as well as the EIA test results, test date, accession number, and name and address of the testing laboratory must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection

B. Equine from quarantined herds or areas may not move except under permit obtained from the office of the Georgia State veterinarian.

*** HOGS ***

General Requirements

A. Swine that have been fed garbage may not enter Georgia under any conditions

B. No swine vaccinated against Pseudorabies are allowed entry into Georgia.

C. Swine entering Georgia must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection identifying each animal with a USDA approved metal ear tag, registry tattoo or registry ear notches. Feeder pigs may be identified with a premises tattoo issued by the State of origin. Required tests results, test dates and prior permit number must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Such animals shall originate from herds free of any contagious or infectious disease and shall not have been exposed to any contagious or infectious disease prior to or during shipment.

D. Swine entering Georgia for immediate slaughter must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, waybill, or proof of ownership and must be consigned to a state or federally approved slaughter establishment.

E. Castrated males are exempt from brucellosis test requirements, but must meet the same pseudorabies requirements as breeding swine.

F. Feeder pigs originating from an all-class swine market are prohibited entry into Georgia.

G. All swine semen imported into Georgia must originate from boars that have been sufficiently tested to meet Georgia import requirements for breeding swine.

H. All swine entering Georgia for exhibition or consigned to a petting zoo must meet the same interstate movement health requirements as such animal entering Georgia for breeding purposes. Any such animals which develop symptoms of infectious or contagious diseases will be quarantined and permitted directly back to the farm of origin.

Breeding Swine

All breeding swine entering Georgia must be isolated for a period of at least thirty (30) days following entry. A quarantine may be issued and the swine must test negative for pseudorabies and brucellosis between thirty (30) and sixty (60) days of entry in order to release the quarantine.

Brucellosis Import Requirements

A. All breeding swine four (4) months of age and older entering Georgia must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be negative to an official brucellosis test within thirty (30) days prior to entry, or;
  2. Originate from a validated brucellosis free herd with the date of the last test and the validated herd number recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, or;
  3. Originate from a validated brucellosis free state.

Pseudorabies Import Requirements

A. All breeding swine four (4) months of age and older entering Georgia must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be negative to an official non-gene deleted test for pseudorabies within thirty (30) days prior to entry and originate in a herd that has been free of symptoms of pseudorabies for the preceding twelve (12) months, or
  2. Originate from a qualified pseudorabies free herd with the date of the last test and the qualified herd number recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
  3. Originate from a state with a Stage IV or Stage V classification under the Pseudorabies Eradication State-Federal-Industry Program Standards.

Feeder Swine

Brucellosis Import Requirements:

  1. Originate from a herd not known to be, or suspected of being infected with brucellosis

Feeder Swine Pseudorabies Requirements:

  1. Must be negative to an official non-gene deleted test for pseudorabies within thirty (30) days prior to entry and originate in a herd that has been free of symptoms of pseudorabies for the preceding twelve (12) months, or;
  2. Originate from a qualified pseudorabies free herd with the date of the last test and the qualified herd number recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
  3. Originate from a pseudorabies monitored herd in a Stage III state as defined in the Pseudorabies Eradication State-Federal-Industry Program Standards. The date of the last test and the monitored herd number must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, or;
  4. Originate from a herd in a Stage IV or Stage V state as defined in the Pseudorabies Eradication State-Federal-Industry Program Standards.

Feral Swine

A. Feral Swine that have been fed garbage may not enter Georgia under any conditions.

B. Feral Swine entering Georgia must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection identifying each animal with a USDA approved metal ear tag. Required test results, test dates, and prior permit number must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Such animals shall not have been exposed to any contagious or infectious disease prior to or during shipment. All feral swine shipments must be approved by Dr. Carter Black (404) 656-3667.

Feral swine entering Georgia must meet the following requirements:

  1. Originate from a validated brucellosis free herd and a qualified pseudorabies free herd with the dates of the last tests and the validated and qualified herd numbers recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, or;
  2. Be permitted on a Form VS 1-27 to a state or federally approved slaughter establishment, or;
  3. Be permitted on a Form VS 1-27 to an approved hunting preserve.
  4. Feral swine entering Georgia must be isolated for a period of at least thirty (30) days following entry. A quarantine may be issued and the swine must test negative for pseudorabies and brucellosis between thirty (30) and sixty (60) days of entry in order to release the quarantine.

Miniature Swine (includes designer swine)

A. Miniature Swine which have been fed garbage may not enter Georgia under any conditions.

B. Miniature Swine (pot-bellied pigs) entering Georgia must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection identifying each animal with a USDA approved metal ear tag or unique and individual tattoo. Required test results, test dates and prior permit number must be recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Such animals shall not have been exposed to any contagious or infectious disease prior to or during shipment.

Miniature Swine Brucellosis And Pseudorabies Import Requirements:

Brucellosis

A. All miniature swine four (4) months of age or older entering Georgia must meet the following brucellosis requirements:

  1. Must be negative to an official brucellosis test within thirty (30) days prior to entry, or;
  2. Originate from a validated brucellosis free herd with the date of the last test and the validated herd number recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection;
  3. Castrated males are exempt from brucellosis test requirements.

Pseudorabies

B. All miniature swine four (4) months of age or older entering Georgia must meet the following pseudorabies requirements:

  1. Must be negative to an official non-gene deleted test for pseudorabies within thirty (30) days prior to entry and originate in a herd that has been free of symptoms of pseudorabies for the preceding twelve (12) months, or
  2. Originate from a qualified pseudorabies free herd with the date of the last test and the qualified herd number recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

C. All miniature swine entering Georgia must be isolated for a period of at least thirty (30) days following entry. A quarantine may be issued and the swine must test negative for pseudorabies and brucellosis between thirty (30) and sixty (60) days of entry in order to release the quarantine.

D. Racing Pigs - Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, individual ID, prior permit number. Negative brucellosis and pseudorabies test within thirty (30) days of shipment regardless of age or sex.

*** SHEEP AND GOATS ***

Sheep and goats entering Georgia must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and must comply with the official USDA identification methods (Scrapie Tag or Registration Tattoo with accompanying papers). The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must include a statement from the issuing veterinarian that there is no evidence of foot rot, scabies, contagious ecthyma, cutaneous fungal lesions, scrapie or any other infectious or contagious disease prior to or during shipment.

Sheep and goats do not require a brucellosis or tuberculosis test prior to entering Georgia.

All sheep and goats entering Georgia for immediate slaughter must be individually identified by a method approved by USDA (Scrapie Tag) and be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, waybill or proof of ownership and must be consigned to a state or federally approved slaughter establishment.

All sheep and goats entering Georgia for exhibition or consigned to petting zoos must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and must comply with the official USDA identification methods (Scrapie Tag or Registration Tattoo with accompanying papers). The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must include a statement from the issuing veterinarian that there is no evidence of foot rot, scabies, contagious ecthyma, cutaneous fungal lesions, scrapie or any other infectious or contagious disease prior to or during shipment.

*** DOGS, CATS AND PETS ***

All pets entering Georgia must comply with the applicable health requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Department of Human Resources and/or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

All dogs and cats twelve (12) weeks of age or older entering Georgia must have proof of a current and approved rabies vaccination in accordance with the most recent Compendium of Animal Rabies Control published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. Georgia does recognize the 1 year and 3 year rabies vaccination as long as the vaccination is current for the time period.

All ferrets twelve (12) weeks of age or older entering Georgia must have proof of a current and approved rabies vaccination in accordance with the most recent Compendium of Animal Rabies Control published by the National Association of State Public health Veterinarians, Inc. Ferrets seven (7) months of age or older entering Georgia must be sexually altered prior to entry, except those exempted by a license/permit issued by USDA, APHIS, Animal Care and/or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

All pets, except fish and rodents, entering Georgia for sale, trade, or exchange for a fee or other type of compensation must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within the previous thirty (30) days and which records proof of the health requirements for each species. Companion animals traveling by commercial carrier require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 10 (ten) days of shipment showing proof of the required vaccinations.

*** EXOTIC AND PET BIRDS ***

A. All exotic or pet birds entering Georgia for any purpose require a prior permit number from the Animal Health Section in Atlanta, Georgia at (404) 656-3667.

B. All exotic and pet bird exhibitions and sales are required to a have a permit. The exhibition or sale management is responsible for obtaining the permit by contacting the State Veterinarian at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the opening of the exhibition or sale. For additional information, call the State Veterinarian’s office at (404) 656-3671.

C. The following birds are restricted from entry into Georgia except by special permit from the State Veterinarian:

  1. Java Rice Bird
  2. Quaker or Monk Parakeet

D. It shall be unlawful to bring into Georgia any psittacine bird or other exotic bird coming directly or indirectly from outside the United States unless the bird was brought into the United States in conformity with the quarantine regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture.

*** POULTRY & HATCHING EGGS ***
(includes chickens, turkeys, quail, pheasants, peafowl, guineas, chukars and other partridge, grouse, ratites & waterfowl)

A. All poultry including but not limited to hatching eggs, chicks, poults, and poultry breeding stock entering Georgia must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or an official National Poultry Improvement Plan (N.P.I.P.) Form 9-3 if produced under a pullorum-typhoid control phase of the N.P.I.P. Individual identification is required. A copy of the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection should be sent to the State Veterinarian of Georgia, Agriculture Building, Capitol Square, Atlanta, Georgia 30334. A copy of the N.P.I.P. Form 9-3 should be sent to the Georgia Poultry Laboratory, P. O. Box 148, Oakwood, Georgia 30566.

B. Poultry not participating in the control phase of the N.P.I.P. must be tested negative for pullorum-typhoid disease within thirty (30) days prior to entering Georgia. Individual identification is required. Hatching eggs or unfed and unwatered poultry may enter Georgia provided the breeder flock from which they originated was tested negative for pullorum-typhoid disease within the past thirty (30) days.

C. All domestic quail, pheasants and pigeons not participating in the control phase of the N.P.I.P. must be tested negative for pullorum-typhoid disease within thirty (30) days prior to entering Georgia. Homing pigeons entering Georgia only for competition are exempt from the pullorum-typhoid test requirements.

D. The order Anseriforme, which includes waterfowl, is exempt from pullorum-typhoid requirements.

*** RATITES ***

A. Ratites entering Georgia for any purpose must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection identifying each animal with unique and visible individual identification or an electronic identification device (microchip). The consignee is responsible for providing the appropriate reading device for verification of the electronic identification. Required test results, test dates, prior permit number and a statement from the issuing accredited veterinarian that the ratites being moved have not originated from flocks with seropositives to avian influenza within the previous six (6) months or from flocks in which seropositives are maintained. Such animals shall originate from flocks free of any contagious or infectious disease and shall not have been exposed to any contagious or infectious disease prior to or during shipment. Call the State Veterinarian’s office for prior permit (404) 656-3667.

B. Each Ratite must be tested negative for Avian Influenza and pullorum-typhoid by an approved serological test within thirty (30) days prior to entry. Ratites from flocks with seropositives to Avian Influenza within the previous six (6) months or from flocks in which seropositives are maintained are prohibited entry into Georgia.

It shall be unlawful to bring into Georgia any psittacine bird or other exotic bird coming directly or indirectly from outside the United States unless the bird was brought into the United States in conformity with the quarantine regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture.

*** BISON ***
See Cattle Requirements


*** EXOTIC ANIMALS AND NON-TRADITIONAL LIVESTOCK ***

A. All exotic animals and all non-traditional livestock entering Georgia must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection identifying each animal with unique permanent individual identification.

B. All llamas and alpacas entering Georgia must be identified by a USDA approved metal ear tag, unique and individual tattoo, notarized photograph or an electronic identification device (microchip). If electronic identification is used the consignee is responsible for providing the appropriate reading device for verification. Castrated males are exempt from the individual identification requirements.

C. All elephants and monkeys entering Georgia must be identified by a unique and individual tattoo or electronic identification device (microchip). If electronic identification is used, the consignee is responsible for providing the appropriate reading device for verification. All elephants and monkeys entering Georgia must test negative to a USDA recommended tuberculosis test within twelve (12) months prior to entry. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division should be contacted prior to entry.

D. All antelope entering Georgia must be identified by a USDA approved metal ear tag and an entry permit number must be obtained by contacting the Animal Health Section in Atlanta, Georgia at (404) 656-3667. All antelope six (6) months of age and older must test negative to an official brucellosis test within thirty (30) days and test negative to a single cervical tuberculosis test within ninety (90) days prior to entry.

E. All other cloven hoofed bovidae including bison, water buffalo, and exotic cattle breeds must meet the same interstate movement health requirements as domestic cattle to enter Georgia.

*** EXHIBITION AND PETTING ZOOS ***

All animals entering Georgia for exhibition or consigned to a petting zoo must meet the same interstate movement health requirements as such animals entering Georgia for breeding purposes. Any such animals which develop symptoms of infectious or contagious diseases will be quarantined and permitted directly back to the farm of origin.

*** CERVIDAE ***

No “Farmed Deer” (defined as fallow deer (Dama dams), axis deer (Asix asix), sika deer (Cervus Nippon), red deer and elk (Cervus elaphus), reindeer and caribou (Rangifer tarandus), and hybrids between these farmed species raised for the commercial sale of meat and other parts or for the sale of live animals) may be imported into the State of Georgia without written approval by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

*** RABBITS ***

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Only.

*** WILD ANIMALS ***

A. Wild Animals imported into Georgia must comply with current requirements of the Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 2070 US Highway 278, SE, Social Circle, Georgia 30279, (770) 918-6400 and USDA.

B. The Department of Agriculture has the authority to enter a premises for immediate examination and necessary testing of imported wild animals when a disease vector is suspected of endangering livestock and/or the public health.

*** SEMEN & FROZEN EMBRYOS ***

A. Semen

  1. All cattle semen imported into Georgia must originate from bulls that have been sufficiently tested to meet Georgia import requirements. All bulls from which semen is collected must be tested for and found free of vibriosis and trichomoniasis. An official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must accompany the semen shipment.
  2. All swine semen imported into Georgia must originate from boars that have been sufficiently tested to meet Georgia import requirements for breeding swine. An official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must accompany the semen shipment.

B. Embryos

  1. All cattle embryos imported into Georgia must originate from cows that have been sufficiently tested to meet Georgia import requirements. An official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must accompany the embryo shipment.

*** BIOLOGICS, MICROORGANISMS, & PARASITES ***
See General Requirements.

*** EMERGENCY PROVISIONS ***
See General Requirements.

 

 



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