Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Division of Animal Industry
Dr. David Smith, Director, (518) 457-3502


Cattle Programs

NYSCHAP (New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program) NYSCHAP has educational modules about: Beef Quality, Bovine Leukosis, BVD, Calf Health, Cattle Care Guidelines, Core, Environmental Pathogens, Food Safety and Drug Residue Avoidance, Foot Health, Herd Expansion, Johne’s disease, Mastitis Milk Quality, Salmonella and 4H Livestock Educator’s Notebook.

Cattle Diseases


General Information (Texas Agricultural Extension Service)

As of January 15, 2014, the negative anaplasmosis test requirement for cattle imported into NY was rescinded.  All import quarantines issued for cattle prior to this date have been released and no further testing is required.  Asymptomatic cattle that are tested for export, show or sale and test positive for anaplasmosis do not need to be reported and will not be quarantined.   Anaplasmosis remains a reportable disease for clinical cases only.   Our current policy is to quarantine clinical positives which will be released with a negative ELISA or PCR test.  A herd quarantine will not be placed.

Bovine Brucellosis

General Information (CFSPH)
National Surveillance Plan and Other Information (USDA)

Bovine Tuberculosis (TB)

General Information (CFSPH)
National Surveillance and Testing (USDA)

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)


Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD)

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)

Johne's Disease

National Johne's Education Initiative

Rabies (NYSDOH)

Reportable and Foreign Animal Disease List

State Reportable List
Foreign Animal Disease of High Consequence (USDA)

Cattle Forms

Cattle Laws

Cattle Going to Fairs

Interstate Animal Health Requirements

All cattle, llamas and alpacas exhibited at NY county fairs or the State Fair must be negative to an approved test appropriate to detect Bovine Viral Diarrhea - Persistent Infection (BVD-PI). The testing veterinarian is responsible to make sure the proper test is conducted. This is a once in a lifetime test that must be reported on the required certificate of veterinary inspection. The issuing veterinarian is responsible for verifying the validity of the test, the identification of the animal and recording the test date on the CVI. If a previous test is not verifiable the test must be repeated.

Cattle Import and Export

Entry into NYS

Cattle entering NYS for rodeos must still comply with all import requirements which includes appropriate state and federal identification requirements, regardless of how long cattle are in NYS.

Cattle going to NYC for any reason need to meet NYC Dept of Health regulations. Please visit the NYC Dept of Health website or call (646) 632-6604. New York City has their own regulations regarding animals coming into city limits in addition to New York State import requirements.

Cattle Welfare

Top 10 Considerations for Handling/Transporting Disabled Cattle to Market
National Dairy FARM Program
Beef Quality Assurance

Cattle Identification

Brands - Although it is NOT official Identification, freeze branding is allowed in NY for cattle. The NYS Dept of Ag & Markets maintains a brand registry.  If you wish to register a brand you can send your design to our office at the following address:

NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets
Division of Animal Industry
10B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235

We will compare to our registry and will register it if it is unique.  Since it is not the diagnosis and treatment of disease, branding is not considered veterinary practice.  You may need a veterinarian if tranquilization is necessary.

Please note that although freeze brands are not considered official identification in cattle, they are permanent identification and as such should be recorded on test charts and Certificates of Veterinary Inspection.

Animal Disease Traceability (USDA)
Summary of NYS Cattle ID Requirements Handout

Emergency Preparedness

Dairy & Livestock Farm Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Guide
Empire State Animal Response Team (ESART)
Preparing for Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies on the Farm
Agrosecurity & Agroterrorism
Farm Biosecurity for Small and Large Producers

Miscellaneous and Links

Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue & Prevention Manual / Sample Forms (NMPF)
Dairy Feed Management links (Cornell Animal Science Dept)
Beef Cattle Management (Cornell Animal Science Dept)

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