For both commercial farmers and backyard operations, shipping is an essential part of the livestock industry. This article will discuss the livestock shipping basics and specific considerations for shipping different livestock species.
When transporting livestock of any kind, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Depending on your location and final destination, there may be some transport regulations you need to follow.
If you are moving animals across state lines, these transport regulations are critical. However, they can be a bit confusing. The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the United States Animal Health Association has created some helpful resources. Together, they have hosted a website that can help you determine the shipping requirements based on the animal’s destination, breed, and purpose.
Once you have determined the transport regulations, schedule an appointment with a veterinarian to obtain a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). The CVI is more commonly known as a health certificate. In small animals and horses, this document is issued for individual animals. With livestock, the number of animals traveling at once is usually much greater.