8 Things You Never Knew About Cattle Transportation

8 Things You Never Knew About Cattle Transportation

But in the USA all the various states have their rules and regulations to follow. Additionally, individual companies will also have their own guidelines.

According to sources such as the Livestock Marketing Association, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) there are several things to consider. 

But the most important thing to remember is the proper treatment and care of the animal while you are responsible for it.

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 Now, you need to make sure you are update and you respond to the various requirements, beyond the financial and legal.

There are other considerations such the treatment of the animals while they are under your care. You can’t be parking them in the hot sun while travelling through Arizona, for example.

The movement of livestock or in this case cattle transportation (when we are speaking about interstate movement to be exacts) is regulated by the individual States, but USDA has the authority to regulate interstate transport when it comes to particular disease concerns or when an animal health emergency has been declared.

In case where you need to contact the State Veterinarian for you state, here is the current list of State Animal Health Officials for 2016, for each and every state.

Here is a list with Contact Information for Animal Health Departments across the United States.

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As the carrier, never forget it’s your responsibility to comply and observe all legal and ethical requirements. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has a lot of good information but some of it does refer to international transport not local.

There are numerous cattle transportation companies out there in case you need to transport livestock, regardless the reason might be.

Whether you’re bringing your cattle to market, have already sold your livestock or need assistance transporting your animals to a show, there are companies specialized in this field and they will do the job for you and take care of the important stuff.


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Here are some of the companies that you can use in case you need to do cattle transportation:

Any way, they do have some questions before doing business with you do. You will have to provide for them the exact number; size and weight of your animals so they can give you an accurate quote and check if their trailers meet your needs.

You’ll also need to indicate any special accommodations your animals will need during the journey, such as a separate stall or regularly scheduled stops.

You may also want to inquire about your transporter’s experience with trailering animals. You should also perform a brief visual inspection of the transporter’s trailer.

They need to always be clean, free of jagged edges and ideally have grooves in the floor for improved traction.

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Every legal carrier of livestock or (business involved in cattle transportation in this case), should be registered and licenses from USDA regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). USDA requires individuals who breed certain animals for commercial sale, at the wholesale level and the wholesale dealers who supply these animals to pet stores, brokers, use them in research, exhibit them to the public, or transport them commercially, to be licensed or registered with them under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

This is required from the individuals just so they can make sure that they meet the minimum requirements and standards of humane animal care and treatment established by the AWA and enforced by the Animal Care program of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health.

Permits To Obtain

Unfortunately anyone who has ever worked in the trucking industry knows there are a ton of requirements and endorsements. The Department of Transportation (DOT), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and a hundred other federal agencies have their requirements and regulations they enforce.

Then let’s not forget all the state agencies, county agencies, and even local agencies all there to ensure you’re doing things the right way, or at least their way.

I am not saying governmental regulations are bad, not at all, but they can be overwhelming and even cumbersome at times. If you choose to ignore them it can end up costing a lot more than you can possibly imagine.

From hurting your safety rating to costing you your CDL license, meanwhile the tickets, fines and penalties continue to pile up. So don’t take this stuff lightly.

There are numerous requirements; some are federal while some are state; so make sure your up on what is actually required.

Make sure you check the various resources available such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They have many great resources available to better assist you in preparing for cattle transportation.

As touched on earlier, a lot of this really does depend on the state you are doing business in. If you would like to find more about your state you can try at the following link Interstate Livestock.com, which is hosted by United States Animal Health Association (USAHA).

8 Things You Never Knew About Cattle Transportation

 Which Animals Are Usually Transported?

Though this article’s main focus is cattle transportation, remember everything needs to get transported. So you can buy a trailer for transporting cattle, which can serve multiple purposes.

I am not saying put different species together, that could be bad! But perhaps you can transports horses in the same trailer. Or it can be converted to haul pigs.

After all there are numerous types of animals that must be transported. Chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, donkeys, llamas, and the list goes on… Of course I could get all technical and discuss the various categories of animals.

For example Monogastrics includes poultry (ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl and pigeons) and pigs. The term refers to livestock that have only one stomach.

But I won’t bore you with that much detail. However, depending on the animal you are going to transport it will depend on the type of trailer you use, at least to some degree. After all, you can’t haul an elephant or exotic wildlife or a buffalo in a trailer made for rabbits! Right?

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