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General Requirements

Persons who wish to operate or conduct a community sale of livestock must obtain a permit prior to the start of the sale. All animals must be inspected by the official veterinarian on the day of the sale. Livestock which are brought from out of state must meet the Minnesota importation requirements. Animals showing clinical signs of infectious, contagious, or communicable disease will be denied entry to the sale. Sale premises must be well-constructed and maintained in good repair and in a clean and sanitary condition.

An official veterinarian must be present at each sale, except for sales that only handle poultry or ratites originating in Minnesota. Poultry, ratites or hatching eggs are not allowed to be sold to other states if an official veterinarian is not present.

Always check with sale management for additional requirements.

Responsibilities of Official Veterinarian

  • Inspect all livestock and prohibit the sale of animals showing signs of infectious, contagious or communicable disease.
  • Examine import documentation for animals originating from another state and ensure livestock meet Minnesota’s import requirements.
  • Ensure all livestock are tested as required by the Board.
  • Ensure all livestock are identified before the sale, apply official ear tags to unidentified livestock.
  • Maintain tagging records and submit copies to the Board within five (5) days of the completion of the sale.
  • Write certificates of veterinary inspection (CVIs) for exportation of livestock.

Responsibilities of Sale Manager

  • Retain the services of an official veterinarian.
  • Ensure no livestock are sold until they have been inspected by the official veterinarian and found free from clinical signs of infectious, contagious or communicable disease.
  • Submit proper import paperwork and test charts for all animals to the official veterinarian for approval prior to being sold.
  • Ensure all livestock are identified and tested, as required by the Board, before the sale.
  • Confirm livestock sold to persons in other states leave the sale with a certificate of veterinary inspection.
  • Maintain livestock records as described by the Board and submit copies to the Board within five (5) days of the completion of the sale.

Cattle and Bison

Breeding cattle must be officially identified prior to being offered for sale. Breeding cattle means all cattle except:

  • Heifers of beef breed less than 18 months of age maintained for feeding purposes.
  • Bulls under 10 months of age maintained for feeding purposes.
  • Steers and spayed heifers.

Sheep and Goats

Sheep and goats must be officially identified before being commingled with other sheep or goats offered for sale.

Poultry

All turkeys, chickens, waterfowl, game birds and ratites (except baby poultry) must be individually identified with a leg or wing band.

All turkeys, chickens, waterfowl, game birds, ratites and hatching eggs must be accompanied by a certificate or test chart approved by the Board to show compliance with the following requirements:

  • Pullorum-typhoid – originate from a hatchery or breeding flock that is classified S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean under the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP); or be negative to a pullorum-typhoid test within 30 days prior to being offered for sale.
  • Mycoplasma gallisepticum and Mycoplasma synoviae – all turkey hatching eggs, poults, and turkeys must originate from a hatchery or breeding flock that is classified S. Mycoplasma Gallisepticum (MG) Clean and U.S. Mycoplasma Synoviae (MS) clean under the NPIP; or be negative to a Mycoplasma gallisepticum and a Mycoplasma synoviae test within 30 days prior to being offered for sale.

For questions related to poultry sale requirements, please contact the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory at 320-231-5170 or poultry@state.mn.us.

Swine

Breeding and feeding swine must be officially identified prior to being offered for sale.