July 2, 2004
July 2, 2004 -- Dialogue continues regarding the transportation of live sheep between Canada and the United States, specifically for the World Sheep & Wool Congress in Quebec City later this month. Even if there is a resolution in the near future, the time-frame prior to the Congress would be quite short for the implementation of a new process.
Canadian Animal Health Import Specialist, Dr. Susan Wray, stressed that U.S. producers must apply for and obtain an import permit as well as a Zoosanitary Export Certificate prior to taking their sheep to the border for crossing.
However, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ?There are no provisions available for live sheep to cross from Canada into the United States. There may well be specifications for producers to take sheep to Canada; however, USDA has no provisions available for the return of these sheep back into the United States.?
Anyone desiring to send sheep to Canada should work with their state veterinarian and regional USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 303-771-3500