WHEN IS AN INSPECTION REQUIRED?

 

CATTLE OWNERSHIP INSPECTION (Brand Inspection)

Inspection is required by B.C. Law in the following instances:

  • cattle leaving the prescribed area of the province i.e. to Alberta, the States or the Fraser Valley.
  • cattle leaving the non-prescribed area of the Province to the prescribed area or through the prescribed area.
  • cattle being shipped from one brand inspection area to another and not going immediately to a sale at an outlet. Exempt from this are producers who without change in ownership move cattle for grazing between brand inspection areas in the prescribed area.
  • cattle consigned to an outlet (saleyard or slaughterhouse) in the prescribed area will be inspected at the outlet.
  • cattle entering a feedlot (as defined in the regulation) in the same brand inspection area of the Province.
  • N.B. - it is illegal to move cattle in the prescribed area of the Province without a Livestock Manifest (Form 3).
  • N.B. - inspection must take place when required whether animals are branded or not.

Livestock Consignors Responsibilities

The owner / seller or consignor of livestock shall:

  • provide a properly completed manifest (form 3) to accompany all livestock when being transported anywhere in or outside of the province, other than within the non prescribed Lower Mainland area.
  • complete the manifest to the best of his/her knowledge and ability. It is the responsibility of the contributor, not the brand inspector, to complete the form 3 that accompanies all livestock.
  • present the completed manifest and livestock previously clipped (when brands are poorly applied or diificult to read) to the brand inspector at the time of inspection for proof of ownership accuracy beyond reasonable doubt.
  • be sure the name(s) on the manifest(s) appear the same as the name(s) the brand is registered in. If otherwise, then a properly completed bill of sale must be provided and shall serve as a means of proving ownership.
  • when consigning Finance Association cattle the consignor must have the manifest made out in the name of the feeder / breeder association, whether the cattle are carrying the association brand or not. Otherwise an association release form must be provided.

Violation of any of these and other regulations could result in detention of funds.

HORSE OWNERSHIP INSPECTION (Brand Inspection)

Inspection is required by B.C. Law in the following instances:

  • when consigned to a saleyard in the prescribed area of the Province, inspection will occur at the saleyard.
  • when transported to a slaughterhouse or feedlot in B.C. or Alberta or a public sale in Alberta, the horses must be inspected prior to transport.
  • N.B. - inspection must take place when required whether animals are branded or not.

 

Important Information for BC horse owners when traveling within BC, to the US or other provinces with your horse

 

BC Brand Inspection Suggestions and Legislated Requirements

  1. Horses heading south of the border should be brand inspected before departure to avoid problems in other jurisdictions (there are problems every year in some states because horses arrive from BC without brand inspection and this is contrary to the legislation in some states)

  2. Horses that are traveling from BC to the US via Alberta can travel on a BC Transportation Certificate which is issued by the BC Livestock Inspector at the time of inspection without any requirement that they be brand inspected in Alberta

  3. If the horses stop over in Alberta for a period of time they would require an Alberta inspection before preceding south

  4. Any horse being delivered to a saleyard in BC must be accompanied by a Livestock Manifest (Form 3) with the horses for sale being brand inspected at the saleyard in the prescribed area of BC (BC Livestock Identification Reg. Section 28)

  5. Any horse being shipped to a slaughterhouse or feedlot within or outside of BC must be brand inspected and travel with a BC Transportation Certificate (BC Livestock Identification Reg. Section 28.1). This applies to all horses whether branded or not.

  6. Horses going to an Alberta public sale (Auction) must be brand inspected before leaving BC and travel with a BC Transportation Certificate (BC Livestock Identification Reg. Section 28.1). This applies to all horses whether branded or not.

  7. It is highly recommended that anyone hauling horses within BC and to Alberta, other than for sale, to a feedlot or to slaughter, complete a Livestock Manifest (Form 3) fully before heading out, sign it and carry it with you. This form then becomes a legal document.

  8. It is also advisable to carry the registration papers on the transported horses and if you do not have registration papers, a bill of sale for the horses

  9. If transporting a horse raised on your own farm that is not registered nor is a bill of sale available, it would be advisable to get your veterinarian or local brand inspector to endorse some form of proof of ownership for the possession of such a horse

  10. For BC horses going to Alberta for weekend events and returning on the same weekend, Alberta “Livestock Inspection Services” is prepared to waive the Alberta inspection requirement providing BC requirements are met on the way out to Alberta

 

It should be noted that in BC, Alberta and in most of the western states violators can be fined or charges can be laid if you do not comply with the appropriate legislation.

 

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For further information please contact the appropriate agency below.

 

OII Ownership Identification Inc., 102 1402 McGill Rd.,

Kamloops, BC V2C 1L3 Ph 250-314-9686 Fax 250-314-9698

www.ownershipid.ca

 

Livestock Identification Services Ltd., 109 - 264 Midpark Way SE,

Calgary, Alberta T2X 1J6 Ph 403-509-2088 Fax 403-509-2098

www.lis-alberta.com June 2007