Tennessee’s livestock industry is diverse. Beef cattle are Tennessee’s #1 agricultural commodity, followed by numerous other livestock opportunities. Each allows producers to diversify their operations to best suit their individual goals and needs.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Advancement Division is here to help all producers no matter how large or small. To find more information on livestock marketing here in Tennessee, please visit Livestock and Equine Resources.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Consumer and Industry Services Division works to ensure a healthy, growing animal industry. TDA partners with state and federal regulators, private veterinarians and livestock industries with programs aimed at preventing, controlling and eradicating certain infectious or communicable diseases of livestock and other domestic animals. Activities include administering eradication programs for brucellosis, tuberculosis, scrapie and pseudorabies, along with the control program for equine infectious anemia. TDA also enforces the laws and rules regulating interstate and intrastate movement of animals.
Animal Disease Traceability - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducts routine compliance checks for the federal Animal Disease Traceability rule, which requires appropriate documentation and identification of livestock being transported across state lines. The goal is to quickly identify and stop the spread of illness in the event of a disease outbreak.
The rule took effect in 2013 and the department launched an educational outreach to producers, haulers, and veterinarians. The department now enforces compliance.
Producers should consult with their veterinarians to determine specific import requirements for the destination state and the livestock being shipped.
Many documents, including certificates of veterinary inspection (health papers), equine passports and Coggins tests are now available electronically, providing time and cost savings to owners.
Reportable Diseases and Conditions
State Veterinarian Orders
- Order for Cervidae: "Tennessee Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Herd Certification Program (HCP)"
- Order for Bulls: "Trichomoniasis Requirements"
- Order for Wild-Appearing Swine: "Transportation of Wild-Appearing Swine Within Tennessee"