Cattle

***​UPDATE*** On April 10, 2024 ​Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks signed an order restricting movement of dairy cattle into Maryland from states with confirmed outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avain Influenza (HPAI) in their herds.  

​For more information please contact animalhealth.mda@maryland.gov​. ​​



​​C​attle Health

We take pride in healthy cattle in Maryland. Animal Health officials work with producers and veterinarians to prevent the most threatening cattle diseases. Read our reportable disease list to find out what diseases we monitor in cattle.

Disease Programs

Maryland is proud to be a bovine tuberculosis free state and a bovine brucellosis free state. Even if we are free of tuberculosis and brucellosis, testing of Maryland cattle and imported cattle will help completely eradicate bovine tuberculosis and bovine brucellosis from the United States. 

Register Your Herd

By registering the premises where you keep cattle, you protect your herd and others against the serious threat of a disease outbreak. Premises registration is required to get official identification for cattle. Visit our animal disease traceabilty page to learn more.

Official Cattle Tags

We recommend that all cattle producers us official identification - eartags that have a U.S. shield - for cattle identification. ​Visit our animal disease traceability ​page to learn more.
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Do you have official ID?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags allow animals to moooove faster! Also, tags are now required for cattle and swine shown at Maryland exhibitions.
scrapie tag 

Use our Premises Registration Form​​​ to acquire a new premises identification number or contact us @ 410-841-5810.  For more information, please click here​​.


Scrapie tags are required for all sheep and goats leaving the farm. Call 
804-343-2560 to order Scrapie tags. 

  scrapie tag sheep and goat                      USDA Scrapie Tags 


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