Permit Guidance

During an outbreak, movement permits will be issued by Regulatory Officials based on the risk posed by that item. Moving animals from premises in a Control Area is not without risk of disease spread to livestock via the truck, driver, and animals. Planning for times of a National Movement Standstill and managed movement during an outbreak is important for business continuity. Read the Contingency Planning Considerations for Producers during an FMD Outbreak to learn more.

Regulatory Officials will determine and communicate the exact permit requirements for cattle, semen, and embryos. Producers should be prepared to meet the requirements prior to requesting a permit.

General permit guidance is included below and in the SBS Plan.

Movement permit guidance for cattle grazing federal public lands within an FMD control area is described in the Movement Decision Criteria for Industry and Regulatory Officials Managing Cattle and Sheep Grazing Federal Public Lands during an FMD Outbreak.

Conditions to Meet to Request a Permit to Move Cattle or Semen or Embryos

  1. Traceability information is available (PIN, GPS Coordinates, and information on type and number of animals/quantity of semen to be moved).
  2. Biosecurity measures listed in the Biosecurity Checklist for Beef Feedlots or Cattle on Pasture are in place and acceptable to Responsible Regulatory Officials.
  3. Trace back/forward information* is acceptable (premises is not Infected, Suspect, or Contact).
  4. Destination premises and State are willing to accept the animals or semen.
  5. No evidence of infection based on disease monitoring (surveillance).**

Regulatory Officials
may issue a
movement permit
if conditions are met

*Producers can provide trace back and trace forward information by maintaining accurate records of movement of animals, feed, supplies, equipment, personnel, and visitors. Producers can use the SBS Practice Questionnaire for FMD Exposure to get a feel for the information they may need to provide in an outbreak.

**The Bovine Germplasm Movement Plan guidance describes additional considerations to meet the “No evidence of infection based on disease monitoring (surveillance)” criteria for the movement within or out of a Control Area of high genomic merit animals entering the germplasm segment of the industry, as well as semen and embryos. An overview is available in the Executive Summary.