Southeastern Alpaca Association

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Transporting Alpacas

You may think you will not be transporting an animal and do not need to be bothered with other state's regulations. But you can be transporting an animal for many reasons, and need to be aware of all that is involved. If you are going to a show, transporting one for a purchase or sell, or to leave for a breeding, you will need to know that each state has specific regulations and how to find out what those regulations are for where you are going.

In addition to state regulations, there are certain procedures you will want to follow for your farm and animals.

For information concerning state regulations, call the Office of the State Veterinarian in your state.

  • Make sure that any animal that is going to be transported from your farm, by you or someone else is healthy and has no problems before leaving.
  • Minimize contact of your animals with other livestock and wildlife. This is difficult if going to shows, but if you are transporting one to a show, try to isolate the show animals from the rest of your herd, when you return to the farm.
  • Consult your veterinarian. You will need health papers filled out prior to leaving the farm to comply with the regulations required by the state where you are going. Do so enough ahead of time to make sure that there is time for all test to be done, and sent back to you. Some tests can take up to two weeks to receive back.
  • Comply with state and federal regulations regarding:
    • the transportation of your animals
    • health certificates and permits
    • ventilation, temperature and environmental requirements
    • nutritional requirements
    • shipping and holding space and other welfare requirements

For more information on health requirements, check the USDA (U. S. Department of Agriculture) website, or you can use the following phone numbers for each State's Agencies:

  • Alabama 334/240-7255
  • Alaska 907/745-3236
  • Arizona 602/542-4293
  • Arkansas 501/225-5138
  • California 916/654-0881
  • Colorado 303/239-4161
  • Connecticut 860/556-4616
  • Delaware 302/739-4811
  • Florida 904/488-7747
  • Georgia 404/656-3671
  • Hawaii 808/483-7100
  • Idaho 208/332-8560
  • Illinois 217/782-4944
  • Indiana 317/227-0300
  • Iowa 515/281-5305
  • Kansas 913/296-2326
  • Kentucky 502/564-3956
  • Louisiana 504/925-3980
  • Maine 207/287-3701
  • Maryland 410/841-5810
  • Massachusetts 617/727-3018
  • Michigan 517/373-1077
  • Minnesota 651/296-2942
  • Mississippi 601/354-6089
  • Missouri 573/751-3377
  • Montana 406/444-2034
  • Nebraska 402/471-2351
  • Nevada 702/688-1180
  • New Hampshire 603/271-2404
  • New Jersey 609/292-3965
  • New Mexico 505/841-4000
  • New York 518/457-3502
  • North Carolina 919/733-7601
  • North Dakota 701/328-2655
  • Ohio 614/728-6220
  • Oklahoma 405/521-3891
  • Oregon 503/986-4680
  • Pennsylvania 717/787-6677
  • Rhode Island 401/277-2781
  • South Carolina 803/788-2260
  • South Dakota 605/773-3321
  • Tennessee 615/360-0120
  • Texas 512/719-0777
  • Utah 801/538-7160
  • Vermont 802/828-2421
  • Virginia 804/786-2481
  • Washington 360/902-1881
  • West Virginia 304/558-2214
  • Wisconsin 608/224-4873
  • Wyoming 307/777-7515