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Importing farm animals

Farm animals imported into New Zealand include cattle, sheep, deer, alpacas, llamas, and goats. To help keep New Zealand disease and pest-free, MPI has requirements for importing these animals.

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Approved countries and species

You can only import certain species of farm animals to New Zealand from approved countries. These are:

  • sheep, goats, deer, llamas, and alpacas from Australia
  • llamas and alpacas from the United States of America.

Note: the Import Health Standard for the importation of buffalo and cattle from Australia has been suspended.

Animals not from an approved country

If your animals aren't from an approved country, your options are to:

  • move the animals to an approved country or territory, where they must stay for the required residency period and meet any other requirements detailed in that country's veterinary certificate
  • request for your country (or territory) to be approved for the appropriate import health standard (IHS). Approval will only be considered after a risk analysis has been completed. To request approval you'll need to contact the government of the country of export, to get their officials to approach MPI.

Who to contact

If you have any questions about importing farm animals, email