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Information for Dealers, Saleyards and Owners
Cattle moving within California may be inspected
en route or after arrival, and must meet brand
inspection requirements. Documents must be
presented for inspection upon request of a
government official. Female dairy cattle and female
beef cattle sold for breeding must be vaccinated for
brucellosis and be tattooed in the right ear with the
official brucellosis tattoo.
California cattle dealers must:
• Be licensed with the California Department of
Food and Agriculture, Market Enforcement.
• Maintain records of each animal sufficient to
identify the animal, the seller, and the buyer for
two (2) years, and be available for examination
and copying upon request by the Department.
Cattle moving into California require:
• Entry permits - for all female cattle, dairy bulls
more than 6 months and beef bulls more than 18
months of age. No diversion is allowed from the
permitted destination. Each load must have a
copy of the documents required for entry to
present for inspection upon request.
• Certificate of Veterinary Inspection -
for dairy females more than 4 months of
age, beef females and dairy bulls more
than 6 months of age, and beef bulls
more than 18 months of age.
• Approved identification - for all cattle
tested and all cattle two (2) years of age
or over, except steers, spayed heifers,
and cattle moved during normal
ranching operations without change of
• Brucellosis vaccination - for female
cattle, unless entering for immediate slaughter or
feeding in a registered feedlot before slaughter.
• Brucellosis test - for cattle from states that are
not brucellosis “Class Free”.
• Trichomonosis test – for bulls 18 months of age
• Tuberculosis test – for all dairy breeding cattle
more than 6 months of age, and beef breeding
cattle more than 6 months of age from states not