California’s Animal Border Crossing Data System

California Border Protection Stations (BPS) are the first line of defense in protecting our environment and resources from invasive species.  At these stations, vehicles are inspected for commodities infested with invasive species. California established its first agricultural inspection stations in the early 1920s. Today there are 16 of these facilities located on the major highways entering the state. At these stations, vehicles and commodities are checked to ensure they are pest-free and meet all regulatory requirements.

One of these BPS responsibilities is ensuring that animal movements into California are registered by species, border station of entry, state or country of origin and Animal Health Branch District destination for any time period.  Most livestock and poultry have entry permit and Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) requirements to enter California.  Horses and other equines do not require a permit.

IT has recently updated the 15-year-old Animal Border Crossing data system with a user-friendly interface that now tracks non-hatching eggs and egg products and the company of origin of the egg shipments as well as enhancements to the animal movement data. By IT business analysis staff visiting the border crossings and observing transactions, a short list (10-20) of the most common destination operations was developed, saving BPS staff time to process transactions and keeping the traffic flowing smoothly.

Contact: Robert Schmidt, CDFA Director of the Executive Office OITS and Agency Information Officer (AIO)

About Robert Schmidt, Director Executive Office OITS

Mr. Schmidt is Agency Chief Information Officer and Director of Executive Office/IT Services for the California Department of Food & Agriculture. As a proven leader over a 20 year State IT career, he influences technology-related decisions and change across internal and external stakeholders statewide including 31 state departments, boards, and commissions. In Mr. Schmidt's prior roles at CTA and FTB he developed a reputation as the go to guy’ for execution of large-scale, complex projects and programs. His academic achievements are a true blend of business and technology as well with a Master's of Business Administration from CSU, Sacramento and Bachelor's in Computer Science from CSU, Chico.
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