Cattle - Breeding or Store Cattle

The following conditions apply for the importation of cattle into Tasmania:
  • A completed Health Certificate, National Vendor Declaration and Animal Welfare Guidelines - Transport of Livestock Across Bass Strait Declaration must accompany the shipment.
  • The cattle must be identified with a National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) identification device.
  • The cattle must be inspected by the owner or person in charge within 7 days prior to movement to Tasmania, and be found free of signs of disease.
  • The cattle must not be known or suspected of being infected with, or exposed to a List A or List B disease, other than Johne's Disease, within 42 days prior to movement to Tasmania commencing.
  • The herd of origin must not be subject to any animal movement restrictions, other than restrictions for Bovine Johne's Disease.
  • The herd or herds of origin must have existed for at least 3 years prior to export. Changes of ownership or location need not disqualify the herd or herds if the certifying authority is satisfied that the disease monitoring of the herd or herds has been adequate.
  • All cattle being imported must be either:
    1. tested for Enzootic Bovine Leucosis with the ELISA test within 42 days before shipment with negative results. Unweaned calves less than 12 weeks of age being transported with their dams do not require testing for EBL. (If samples are pooled, no more than 10 sera or 30 milk samples may be combined in each pool); or
    2. dairy cattle from a registered dairy herd* accredited as Monitored Negative or better according to the national guidelines for Enzootic Bovine Leucosis Control; or
    3. beef or beef-cross breeds from herd/s in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia (excluding the cattle tick infected area), New South Wales (excluding North Coast Local Land Service), or Queensland (excluding the cattle tick infested area). The herd of origin has been in existence for at least 3 years and there has been no evidence of Enzootic Bovine Leucosis infection in the last 3 years.
      *Registered dairy herd means a herd registered or licensed with the local Dairy Authority.

  • Cattle that are infected or suspected of being infected with Johnes disease may be introduced into Tasmania providing the purchaser or recipient has been advised that the cattle are infected oir suspected on being infected with Johnes Disease.
  • The owner or person in charge of the animals in the exporting State or Territory must certify within 7 days prior to movement to Tasmania that, to the best of their knowledge, all the above conditions have been met.
  • A Stock Inspector or Government Veterinary Officer in the state of origin must certify that after due enquiry, they have no reason to doubt the above 'owner declaration'.
PLEASE NOTE : The importer must transfer NLIS numbers of these cattle on the NLIS database within seven (7) days of arrival in Tasmania.

Application to the Chief Veterinary Officer (Contact: for a Special Authority to import cattle into Tasmania may be made for cattle not meeting the above requirements.
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