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WAC 16-610-020

Cattle inspections for brands or other proof of ownership.

(1) All cattle must be inspected for brands or other proof of ownership:
(a) Before being moved out of Washington state, unless the provisions of WAC 16-610-035(2) apply.
(b) When offered for sale at any public livestock market or special sale approved by the director.
(c) Upon delivery to any cattle processing plant where the United States Department of Agriculture maintains a meat inspection program, unless the cattle:
(i) Originate from a certified feedlot; or
(ii) Are accompanied by an inspection certificate issued by the director, or a veterinarian certified by the director, or an agency in another state or Canadian province authorized by law to issue such a certificate.
(2) All cattle entering or reentering any certified feedlot licensed under chapter 16.58 RCW must be inspected for brands or other proof of ownership before commingling with other cattle unless the cattle are accompanied by an inspection certificate issued by the director, or a veterinarian certified by the director, or an agency in another state or Canadian province authorized by law to issue such a certificate.
(3) All cattle must be inspected for brands or other proof of ownership at any point of private sale, trade, gifting, barter, or any other action that constitutes a change of ownership. For transactions involving cattle not being moved or transported out of Washington state:
(a) Cattle must be presented for an inspection within fifteen days from the date of the initial transaction and accompanied by a certificate of permit. It shall be the responsibility of the seller to notify the department immediately that a sale has occurred. It shall be the responsibility of the buyer to present the animals for inspection.
(b) Cattle sold for 4-H and FFA youth projects are exempt from the fifteen day inspection requirement and can be inspected, if not prior, when consigned to a terminal show.
(c) Until the earlier of January 1, 2016, or the date of notice that an electronic livestock movement reporting system is available for use, individual private sales of unbranded female dairy breed cattle involving fifteen head or less are exempt from the inspection requirement.
(4) Individual private sales, trades, gifting, barter, or any other action that constitutes a change of ownership of unbranded dairy cattle are required to obtain inspections under this section except when the seller holds an electronic cattle transaction reporting license under chapter 16.57 RCW and reports transactions through that system.
(a) Transactions involving dispersal or liquidation sales, or covered by subsection (1) and (2) of this section, or cattle being moved or transported out of Washington state, may not be reported electronically and inspection is required.
(b) For purposes of this section, "dairy cattle" means all cattle, regardless of age or sex, that are in use to produce milk or other dairy products for human consumption including, but not limited to, breeds such as Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey, and Milking Shorthorn.
(c) License:
(i) Holders of a valid milk producers license under chapter 15.36 RCW may apply for an electronic cattle transaction reporting license. Applications shall be made upon a form provided by the department to include:
(A) Milk producers license number;
(B) First and last name of the holder of the milk producer license;
(C) Active email address, phone number, and mailing address for the licensed milk producer; and
(D) Business name, physical address, mailing address, and phone number.
(ii) Upon approval of the application, the director will provide the licensee with system authorization to begin utilizing the electronic cattle transaction reporting system.
(iii) As a condition of licensure, the electronic cattle transaction reporting licensee consents to up to two site visits per year. The purpose of a site visit is to conduct examinations and inspections of cattle and any associated records for movement verification. Records must be kept for three years and include information such as, but not limited to, cattle origin and destination, official individual identification tag number of each cattle sold, breed and sex of cattle sold, and date the transaction occurred. Site visits will be conducted during normal business hours and scheduled in advance. Time and mileage fees as described in WAC 16-610-065 will be assessed at the time of each site visit and will be collected from the licensee.
(iv) The director may deny, suspend, or revoke an electronic cattle transaction reporting license for failure to comply with any condition of licensure under this section or any requirement of this chapter or chapter 16.57 RCW.
(d) Reporting:
(i) All transactions reported to the department through the electronic cattle transaction reporting system must be reported within twenty-four hours of the transaction and include the following information:
(A) Buyer's name, phone number, and physical address of destination;
(B) Buyer's email address if available;
(C) Number of cattle sold;
(D) Official individual identification tag number of each cattle sold;
(E) Breed and sex of cattle sold; and
(F) Date the transaction occurred;
(ii) Only dairy cattle that are officially identified with a green tag per RCW 16.57.160(3), an animal identification number radio frequency tag, a brucellosis vaccination metal tag, or a brucellosis vaccination radio frequency tag may be reported electronically.
(iii) A fee of one dollar and thirty cents per head will be assessed for electronically reported transactions, along with any other applicable fees including, but not limited to, the fees listed in subsection (5) of this section. The fees are due and collected at the time of reporting through the electronic cattle transaction reporting system.
(5) Exemptions from mandatory inspections do not exempt cattle owners or sellers from paying beef promotion fees owed to the Washington state beef commission under chapter 16.67 RCW or the animal disease traceability fee owed to the department under chapter 16.36 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 16.57.160 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-23-069, § 16-610-020, filed 11/16/15, effective 12/17/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.57.350 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 15-02-026, § 16-610-020, filed 12/30/14, effective 7/1/15. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.57, 16.58, 16.65, and 34.05 RCW. WSR 10-21-016, § 16-610-020, filed 10/7/10, effective 11/7/10; WSR 07-14-057, § 16-610-020, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07; WSR 04-01-171, § 16-610-020, filed 12/23/03, effective 1/23/04.]
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