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State Regulations for Louisiana

Health Requirements Reguarding the Importation of Animals

For more information on current regulations please contact:

Maxwell Lea, Jr., D.V.M.
State Veterinarian
Office of Animal Health Services
P.O. Box 1951
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Phone: (225) 925-3980
Fax: (225) 925-4103

 

*** GENERAL REQUIREMENTS ***

Section 11705.General Health Requirements Governing Admission of Livestock and Poultry.

All livestock brought into the State shall be accompanied by an official health certificate stating that the animals are healthy, free from signs of infectious or contagious diseases and signs of internal and/or external parasites, and meet the specific requirements stated in this regulation. Health certificates are valid for 30 days only. Livestock consigned to an approved slaughter establishment or an approved livestock auction market are exempt from this requirement. No livestock affected with, or carrying the contagion of, screwworms shall be moved into Louisiana for any purpose. *** CATTLE ***

All cattle entering the State must meet the general requirements of LAC 7:XXI.11705 and the above specific requirements:

A. Tuberculosis requirements.

All cattle over one year of age must show a negative test for tuberculosis within 30 days prior to entry. The date and results of the test and the individual identification of each animal must be recorded on the health certificate. The following are exempt from this requirement:

  1. Cattle that originate from tuberculosis free accredited herd; however, they must be individually identified and the accredited herd number furnished on the health certificate.
  2. Beef cattle that originate from a tuberculosis:
    Free State or from a herd not under quarantine, in a modified - accredited tuberculosis
    Free State or area.
  3. Cattle consigned to a recognized slaughter establishment or to an approved livestock auction market to be sold directly for immediate slaughter only.

B. Brucellosis

  1. In addition to the above requirements, cattle entering Louisiana must meet the brucellosis requirements found in Part 78 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  2. No cattle from brucellosis quarantined herds may move into Louisiana except those cattle moving to an approved livestock auction market or to an approved slaughter establishment and accompanied by the required federal form VS 1-27.
  3. In addition to the requirements of B.1. above, cattle must meet the following requirements:

    a. Heifers between the ages of 4 and 12 months of age must be official brucellosis calf hood vaccinates to be eligible to enter Louisiana.

    Exceptions to this Subparagraph are:
    i. Heifers moving from a farm to an approved stockyard or an approved slaughter establishment.
    ii. Individually identified heifers, less than 12 months of age, entering the state for exhibition purposes and returning to the state of origin.

    b. Effective January 1, 1989, all heifers and cows over 12 months of age, entering Louisiana, must be official brucellosis vaccinates or originate from a herd that has had a complete negative herd test within the previous 12 months. A copy of the herd test record, which includes the animal(s) entering the State, must accompany the health certificate.

    Exceptions to this Subparagraph are:

    i. Heifers and cows moving directly from a farm to an approved stockyard or an approved slaughter establishment.
    ii. Individually identified heifers and cows entering the state for exhibition purposes and returning to the state of origin.
    iii. Individually identified heifers and cows originating from a certified brucellosis free herd,a brucellosis Class Free state, or a brucellosis Class A state.

 

*** HORSES and OTHER EQUIDAE ***

All horses, mules, and asses imported into the State must meet the general requirements of LAC 7:XXI.11705 and the following specific requirements:

All horses moving into Louisiana are to be accompanied by a record of a negative official test for Equine Infectious Anemia conducted at an approved laboratory within the past 12 months. The laboratory name, case number, the results, and the date of the test must appear on the health certificate.

*** HOGS ***

A. General Swine Requirements

  1. All swine imported into Louisiana must meet the general requirements of LAC 7:XXI.11705 and the specific requirements of this section.
  2. No swine originating from a out-of-State livestock auction market, feeder pig sale or concentration point are eligible to move to a Louisiana livestock auction market, feeder pig sale or concentration point.
  3. All swine consigned to Louisiana for feeding or breeding purposes or for exhibition must be permanently identified to the herd of origin by an official ear tag or tattoo (unless prohibited by federal regulations). Ear notch identification will be accepted in lieu of tag or tattoo on registered, purebred animals.
  4. Feeding and/or breeding swine moving into Louisiana from an out-of-State specifically approved livestock auction market, feeder pig sale or concentration point shall move to a Louisiana farm.
  5. All eligible swine moving into Louisiana for slaughter purposes must be consigned to a specifically approved slaughter establishment maintaining state or federal meat inspection or livestock auction market specifically approved to handle slaughter hogs from out-of-state.

B. Brucellosis

In addition to the general requirements of LAC 7:XXI.11705 and the swine requirements of this section, all swine for breeding purposes must show an official, negative test for brucellosis in the 1:25 dilution or a negative swine brucellosis card test within 30 days prior to the date of shipment. Each animal must be individually identified to herd of origin by an official ear tag or tattoo unless prohibited by federal regulations (ear notch identification will be accepted in lieu of tag or tattoo on registered, purebred animals), and this identification must be recorded on the health certificate. An exception of this Section are swine from a validated brucellosis free herd. The validated herd number and individual identification of each animal must appear on the health certificate.

C. Pseudorabies Requirements

  1. All swine moving into Louisiana must originate from herds not known to be infected with pseudorabies. A permit is required for all swine entering the state for breeding or feeding purposes.

    The permit number is valid for 15 days and must be recorded on the health certificate. All breeding swine, entering the state on a permit, will be quarantined at destination, to be retested in 30 to 60 days at the owner's expense.
     
  2. Swine moving into Louisiana for breeding or exhibition must:
    a. originate from herds not known to be infected with pseudorabies, and are negative to a Serum Neutralization, Latex Agglutination and/or Elisa test for pseudorabies within 30 days of movement; or
    b. originate from a qualified pseudorabies herd. The qualified herd number must be recorded on the health certificate; or
    c. be shipped directly from the farm of origin in a Stage IV or Free State; or
     
  3. Swine moving into Louisiana for feeding purposes, must meet one or more of the following requirements:
    a. pass a negative official pseudorabies serologic test within 30 days prior to interstate shipment; or
    b. originate in a pseudorabies qualified negative herd; or
    c. originate in a pseudorabies monitored feeder pig herd, or
    d. be shipped directly from the farm of origin in a Stage III, IV, or Free State; or
    e. be sold at an approved all class market or approved slaughter market and imported for feeding in a quarantined feedlot; or
    f. be sold at an approved feeder pig market and imported for feeding without restrictions.
     
  4. Slaughter hogs moving into Louisiana, in addition to a waybill, must move:
    a. directly to a recognized slaughter establishment; or
    b. directly to an approved slaughter market or approved all class market, and then directly to another approved slaughter market, or to a recognized slaughter establishment or quarantined feedlot; or
    c. directly to an approved slaughter market and then to a quarantined feedlot.

*** SHEEP ***

All sheep entering the State must meet the general requirements of LAC 7:XXI.11705. In addition, all sheep entering Louisiana from a state in which scabies is known to exist must be dipped within 15 days prior to shipment in a dip preparation approved for this purpose by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The date and name of the dip must be recorded on the health certificate covering this movement.

*** GOATS ***

All goats imported into the state must meet the general requirements of LAC 7:XXI.11705. In addition, dairy goats must meet the brucellosis and tuberculosis requirements stipulated for cattle.

*** DOGS ***

All dogs imported into Louisiana for any purpose must meet the general requirements of LAC 7:XXI.11705 and must be accompanied by an official health certificate, issued by an accredited veterinarian, showing they have been immunized against rabies within 12 months prior to entry. Exceptions to this Section are dogs three months of age or younger which are exempt from the rabies vaccination requirement.

*** CATS ***

All cats imported into Louisiana for any purpose must meet the general requirements of LAC 7:XXI.11705 and must be accompanied by an official health certificate, issued by an accredited veterinarian, showing they have been immunized against rabies within 12 months prior to entry. Exceptions to this Section are cats three months of age or younger which are exempt from the rabies vaccination requirement.

** POULTRY and HATCHING EGGS ***

All poultry entering the state must meet the general requirements of LAC 7:XXI.11703 and the following specific requirements:

A. All poultry or poultry eggs for hatching shall not be imported into Louisiana unless they originate in negative tested flocks under the supervision of the National Poultry Improvement Plan or in flocks that have passed a negative blood test for pullorum disease, under the supervision of the proper State Livestock Sanitary Board official, within 30 days prior to entry.

B. Poultry consigned to a recognized slaughter establishment may enter the state on a waybill, which must include the name and address of the consignee, the number of birds, and the name and address of the slaughter establishment. If, in the opinion of an authorized agent of the Livestock Sanitary Board, poultry consigned to a recognized slaughter establishment is of questionable health, the entire shipment will be quarantined immediately and consigned to a poultry establishment maintaining federal inspection for wholesomeness or be returned to the state of origin.

C. The State veterinarian may prohibit the entry of birds, eggs, or poultry by-products into Louisiana from any state which has an area under quarantine due to a contagious and/or infectious disease in the state which, in his opinion, may seriously threaten the health of Louisiana poultry.

D. Psittacine birds and mynah birds may be imported into Louisiana under permit by the state veterinarian. All birds imported into Louisiana will be quarantined at destination for 90 days.

E. No permits will be issued for importation into Louisiana of psittacine birds or mynah birds that have been vaccinated for newcastle disease.

F. Birds determined to be infected with, or exposed to, exotic newcastle disease, shall be destroyed without compensation to the owner.

G. All poultry brought into Louisiana shall be accompanied by a VS Form 9-2, indicating that the flock of origin is under the National Poultry Improvement Plan and is free of salmonella pullorum (pullorum) and salmonella gallinarum (typhoid). If the flock of origin is not under the National Poultry Improvement Plan, the birds must be accompanied by a test report from an approved laboratory indicating the birds were tested negative for salmonella pullorum/typhoid within 30 days prior to entry into Louisiana .

*** PSITTACINE BIRDS ***
See Poultry and Hatching Eggs

*** BISON ***
See General Requirements

All bison over 18 months of age from a Class A state must be tested negative for brucellosis within 30 days of shipment.

*** LLAMAS ***
See General Requirements

*** ELK ***
See General Requirements

*** RABBITS ***
See General Requirements

*** ZOO, FUR-BEARING, and OTHER WILD ANIMALS ***

Wild or semi-wild animals under domestication or in custody may be imported into the State of Louisiana provided that these animals meet the general requirements of LA 7:XXI.11705 and that a report of the number of animals to be imported is made to the State Veterinarian of Louisiana within 10 days of the date of shipment and immediate opportunity for examination is afforded a representative of the Livestock Sanitary Board to determine the health status of such animals.

*** SEMEN and FROZEN EMBRYOS ***
See General Requirements

*** BIOLOGICS, MICROORGANISMS, and PARASITES ***

A. No person, firm, association, or corporation shall manufacture, sell or distribute any animal vaccine within the State of Louisiana unless such person, firm, association, or corporation can prove to the board that he is currently the holder of a valid federal license to manufacture, sell, or distribute such animal vaccine, except as provided hereinafter.

B. The board shall authorize the intrastate manufacture, sale, or distribution of animal vaccines on an individual basis to meet emergency situations within the State of Louisiana under special permit of the State Veterinarian, provided that no special permit for the intrastate manufacture, sale, or distribution of animal vaccines shall be issued by the State Veterinarian except under the authorization of the board.

C. The board reserves the right to prohibit the intrastate manufacture, sale or distribution of animal vaccines which, in the judgement of the board, would be detrimental to any phase of the livestock and/or animal health industries of the state.

D. The board shall distribute through the State Veterinarian on an annual basis, no later than December 31 of each year, a complete list of all vaccines which are prohibited for use within Louisiana, and such list shall be available to any interested person who makes request therefore.

***AQUATIC SPECIES/AQUACULTURE****

TURTLES:   If you would like to view the regulations for turtles, please visit the following website at:  http://www.state.la.us/osr/lac/07v01/07v01.pdf , scroll down to Chapter 23 on page 194.

Or you may contact:
Dr. Maxwell A., Lea, Jr.
State Veterinarian
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
PO Box 1951
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-1951

Phone: 225-925-3980
Fax: 225 – 925 4103
Eemail: mlea@ldaf.state.la.us

OYSTER BEDS:  The department of Wildlife and Fisheries works with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to regulate the harvest of oyster beds based on human health criteria, such as bacterial counts in the waters over those beds.  Tagging requirements, as well as other regulations can be found in Louisiana Revised Statues 56:424: http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=105292.

Or you may contact:
Mr. Patrick Banks
Marine Fisheries Division
La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
Baton Rouge, LA 7089-9000

FISH HATCHERIES: Public and private fish hatcheries must follow department animal health policy and guidelines to prevent the spread of diseases between water bodies and river basins. 

Game fish fingerling producers are regulated under state statues (La. Revised Statues56:327 (A) (1)(b)(iv): 
http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=105220 and administrative regulations associated with those statues ( La. Administrative Code Title 76, Part VII, 159 – Game Fish Fingerling Aquaculture Rules and Permits) available at OLE_LINK1'>http://www.state.la.us/osr/lac/76v01/76v01.pdf (select Part VII)

Tilapia Producers are regulated under administrative regulations (LA Administrative Code Title 76, Part VII, 159 – Tilapia available at: http://www.state.la.us/osr.lac76v01/76v01.pdf (select part VII)

Or you may contact:
Mr. Mark McElroy
Inland Fisheries Division
La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
Baton Rouge, LA 70898 – 9000
Email:mmcelroy@wlf.louisiana.gov

ALLIGATORS: The Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries has the authority and is responsible for regulating the wild harvest of alligators and commercial alligator farming operations within the state, as per the Louisiana revised statutes , Title 56:251-265: http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=105080, then click on “next section” at the top pf page to move to next section) and title 76, Part V., Chapter 7 – Alligators: (http://www.state.la.us/osr/lac/76v01/76v01.pdf, select Part V). Extensive regulations are in place relative to initial licensing of holding facilities, maintenance of captive stock (spacing, feeding, temperature requirements, etc) and reporting requirements. Multiple other agencies have some regulatory involvement with portions of the alligator industry, such as meat processing (Department of Health and Hospitals) waste water discharge (Department of Environmental Quality and meat inspection (Department of Agriculture and Forestry). The LDWF works closely with the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine should questions of disease arise.

Contact:
Noël Kinler
Alligator Program Manager
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, Louisiana 70560
Email: nkinler@wlf.louisiana.gov

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS: Reptile and amphibian collections and sales are regulated by the department of Wildlife and Fisheries and managed by riulkes under La. Administrative Code title 76, Part http://www.state.la.us/osr/lac/76v01/76v01.pdf, (Select Part XV)

Contact:
Mr. Gary Lester
Natural Heritage Program
La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000
Email: glister@wlf.louisiana.gov

*** EMERGENCY PROVISIONS ***
See General Requirements

 



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