Intrastate Movement (movement within Minnesota)
All sheep and goats, including wethers, must be officially identified upon movement from one flock/herd to another, and before they’re commingled with sheep and goats from other flocks and herds.
Persons who purchase/acquire a sheep or goat, or sell/dispose of a sheep or goat, must only do so if the animal is officially identified before it enters the new flock/herd unless the animal meets the definition of a restricted movement feeder animal, and is destined to an approved livestock market, slaughter establishment, or permitted terminal feedlot.
See the ‘Record Requirements’ section above, which applies to all persons who purchase, acquire, sell, or dispose of sheep or goats.
All sheep and goats, including wethers, must be officially identified upon movement from one flock/herd to another, and before they are commingled with sheep and goats from other flocks and herds.
All sheep and goats entering Minnesota must follow import regulations. Visit our Import Regulations webpage to learn more. InterstateLivestock.com can also be used to determine import regulations. Please also see the ‘Record Requirements’ section above, which applies to all persons who purchase/acquire sheep or goats.
All sheep and goats leaving Minnesota must follow import regulations for the state of destination. Contact your accredited veterinarian to learn what you need to do to export sheep or goats. InterstateLivestock.com can also be used by accredited veterinarians to determine import regulations for each destination state. Please also see the ‘Record Requirements’ section above which applies to all persons who sell/dispose of sheep or goats.
Owner/Hauler Statement (OHS)
The USDA’s Scrapie Final Rule, effective April 24, 2019, requires any sheep or goat (excluding wethers under 18 months) moving in slaughter channels, interstate commerce, or without official identification have an owner/hauler statement in transit when a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) is not required.
When is an OHS required?
In each of the below situations, sheep or goats are required to move with a completed OHS that includes all federally required information. A copy of a required OHS must be provided to livestock auction markets, slaughter establishments, terminal feedlots, or any other premises of destination.
Movement within Minnesota
The following groups of sheep and goats are excluded from the requirement to move with an OHS:
- Wethers under 18 months.
- Animals that have never been in slaughter channels.
- Animals that have never been in interstate commerce.
Sheep and goats born on a Minnesota farm where they have resided only with other animals born into that flock/herd are considered to have never been in slaughter channels or interstate commerce. Therefore, these animals may move without an OHS to a state or state/federal approved livestock market without official identification if they are officially identified at the market before being commingled with sheep or goats from other flocks, and if all required information from the OHS is captured upon arrival at the market. The seller will be liable for any incurred charges associated with market personnel identifying the animals upon arrival.
An OHS is required for movement to the following Minnesota destinations, unless an exclusion above applies:
- A state or state-federal approved livestock market.
- A slaughter establishment.
- A state-approved terminal feedlot.
- An individual’s premises for personal slaughter.
Importation into Minnesota
Please see our ‘Import Regulations’ page for a complete set of requirements.
All sheep or goats (excluding wethers under 18 months) imported into the state must be accompanied by an OHS when a CVI is not required. A CVI can always be used in place of an OHS when an OHS is required.
Owner/hauler statement requirements
There is no required form. Please see the Owner/Hauler Statement Template as an option for sheep and goats entering Minnesota or moving within Minnesota. An OHS must contain:
- Name, address, and phone number of the owner and, if different, the hauler.
- Date the animals were moved.
- Flock identification number or PIN assigned to the flock or premises of the animals.
- If moving individually unidentified animals or other animals required to move with a group/lot identification number, the group/lot identification number and any information required to officially identify the animals.
- Number of animals.
- Species, breed, and class of animals. If breed is unknown, for sheep the face color and for goats the type (milk, fiber, or meat) must be recorded instead.
- The name and address of point of origin, if different from the owner’s address, and the destination name and address.
- For imported animals the destination must be a federally inspected slaughter establishment or a state/federal approved livestock market (where animals will be sold only to an authorized slaughter buyer or a state approved terminal feedlot). Must include a statement that the animals are in slaughter channels. Within Minnesota only, the destination must be a state or state/federal approved livestock market, a state approved terminal feedlot, a slaughter establishment, or an individual for personal consumption. For animals moving within Minnesota in slaughter channels, the OHS must include a statement that the animals are in slaughter channels.
- Signature of owner or hauler.