It all started with an e-mail from Alan Kaufman, DVM, in Kula, Hawaii
asking if we had any young bucks for sale.

And then the planning began. . .

RNSH Mr. Big Goes to Hawaii
First we arranged for out vets, Deschutes Veterminary Clinic in Olympia, WA to do a vet check. 

Dr. Castle and Dr. Dike know our herd well.
Each vet performed part of the 3 stage vet check.

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) which meet the State of Hawaii’s preshipment requirements at entry inspection.
1.The original (CVI) must accompany the shipment.  Xerox copies and FAX copies are NOT accepted.
2.CVI is issued within 7 days before shipment, and the issue date is recorded on the CVI.
3.Every animal must be individually identified by with a national uniform ear tag, or microchip, or unique readable tattoo with this identification recorded on the CVI.
4.All goats imported for exhibition require an official Scrapie ear tag.  All registered breeding goats require a Scrapie tag.  All breeding goats that have commingled with sheep require an official Scrapie ear tag.
5.All animals must have been found negative to tuberculosis by an intradermal tuberculin test conducted by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days of shipment, and the negative test result is recorded on the CVI.
6.All female and intact male goats must have been tested by an accredited veterinarian and found negative to brucellosis by an official brucellosis test performed in a USDA approved laboratory within 30 days before shipment (wethers do not require a brucellosis test).
7.The following statements are written on the CVI:
a)Free from external parasites and symptoms of transmissible diseases and have not had recent exposure to these diseases
b)Have originated in a herd that is not under quarantine for tuberculosis or brucellosis.
c)Have been dipped or completely sprayed with a USDA-approved pesticide for goats within 7 days of shipment.  Permethrine 10% is acceptable.
d)The animals represented on this certificate of veterinary inspection have not originated from a premises or area under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis or a premises on which vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past thirty days.  I have examined the animals and have found no signs of vesicular stomatitis.
8.Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the shipper (consignor) and receiver (consignee) are filled out.  The complete animal identification including age, sex, and breed are recorded on the CVI.
9.Certificate of Acclimation filled out by vet.
10.The accredited veterinarian’s signature, printed name, address, and phone # are recorded on the CVI.  (from )

Dr. Dike and RNSH Mr. Big
RNSH Mr. Big getting ready for the trip March 30, 2010
Kennel and shipping requirements from Alaska Airlines:
The following detail is required when booking:
Shipper and consignee name, address and phone contact.
Length, width and height dimensions of the kennel (40X27X30 is the largest kennel).
Goat cannot weigh over 55 pounds to go Alaskan

The non-collapsible kennel must:
Be secured with nuts, bolts and a metal grated door.
Allow the animal to standup (head erect and not touching the top), lie down, and turn around in a normal, comfortable position.
Contain a food and water dish clipped inside of the door.
Be clean and leak-proof, with absorbent bedding made of material that is safe and non-toxic to the animal.
Not exceed 40 inches in length x 27 inches wide x 30 inches high.
(Kennel sizes 400 and 500 are accepted as an exception to the size limitations)
Weight limit of kennel and animal will not exceed 159 pounds (132 pounds and 149 pounds were also given as maximum weights).  *** Per Alaska Airlines, during a telephone conversation, it was required that the goat weigh no more than 55 pounds.

The following regulations apply:
The shipper shall provide applicable health declarations and permits required by authorities of countries of export, transshipment import.
Food and water must be offered within 4 hours of flight departure.
Air travel information from and from information from Hugh at Alaska Airlines at 800-225-2752
Put the kennel and goat on the plane and ship.

Alaska Air only ships to Honolulu, which is on the island of Oahu, as of March 2010.  It would be the responsibility of the owner to arrange further transport.  As of March 2010 they are trying to make arrangements to be able to ship to Maui, but as of that date cannot.

All animals are under quarantine when they arrive here in Hawaii, until they have been inspected and released to the owner/importer.  Contact the Division of Animal Industry in Hawaii:
Upon arrival, a Deputy State Veterinarian will inspect all animals.  The importer should notify this office in advance of the date and time of the shipment's arrival so that an inspection may be scheduled.  Regular hours of inspection are weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for State and Federal holidays. We do not have a post quarantine test for goats, we ask that you notify us of any sickness or death in the animals within the 30 day period after import.

Laura Ayers
Livestock Inspector
Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture
808-483-7113 Phone
808-483-7110 Fax

Shawna and Jade at Alaska Air were extremely helpful in getting our little guy checked in and ready to board the plane.
State of Hawaii
Animal Industry Division
99-941 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, HI  96701-5602
Phone: (808) 483-7100 
Fax: (808) 483-7110

And now RNSH Mr. Big has a wonderful home in Hawaii with Alan and his son Maika'i.

Alan says Big will never have to worry about being cold again.
Remember, check each step with the airlines and the receiving vet as the plans are made.
Quality coming & going
We test regularly.  All our animals have tested negative for CL, CAE and Johne's.