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R58. Agriculture and Food, Animal Industry.
Rule R58-7. Livestock Markets, Satellite Video Livestock Auction Market, Livestock Sales, Dealers, and Livestock Market Weighpersons.
As in effect on October 1, 2019
Table of Contents
- R58-7-1. Authority.
- R58-7-2. Definitions.
- R58-7-3. Livestock Markets.
- R58-7-4. Temporary Livestock Sale License.
- R58-7-5. Dealers.
- R58-7-6. Responsibilities of a Bonded and Licensed Weighperson.
- R58-7-7. Satellite Video Livestock Auction Market.
- R58-7-8. Livestock Market Committee.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Notice of Continuation
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
A. Promulgated under authority of Section 4-30-104 and Section 4-2-103.
B. It is the intent of these rules to provide uniformity and fairness in the marketing of livestock within the state, whether sold through regularly established livestock markets or other types of sales.
A. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of Agriculture and Food.
B. "Livestock" means cattle, domestic elk, swine, equines, sheep, goats, camelids, ratites, and bison.
C. "Representative" means a dealer licensed in Utah under Section 4-7-107 who is a resident of this state, or who is a representative of, or who in any capacity conducts business with a livestock auction market licensed under Section 4-30-105, which does business with an in state or out of state satellite video livestock auction market.
D. "Satellite video livestock auction market" means a place or establishment or business conducted or operated for compensation or profit as a public market where livestock or other agricultural related products located in this state are sold or offered for sale at a facility within or outside the state through the use of an electronically televised or recorded media presentation, which is, or can be exhibited at a public auction.
E. "Livestock market" means a public market place consisting of pens or other enclosures where all classes of livestock or poultry are received on consignment and kept for subsequent sale, either through public auction or private sale.
F. "Livestock dealer" means a person engaged in the business of purchasing livestock for immediate resale or interstate shipment for immediate resale.
A. Standards for Approved and Non-approved Markets. The operator of a livestock market shall maintain the following standards in order to obtain, retain or renew a livestock market license:
1. Follow procedures outlined in Section 4-30-105, and all state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to livestock health and movement.
2. Conduct all sales in compliance with the provisions of Utah laws and rules pertaining to livestock health and movement.
3. Furnish the Department with a schedule of sale days, which have been previously approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, giving the beginning hour.
4. Maintain records of animals in the market in accordance with United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, Brucellosis Eradication Uniform Methods and Rules, Ch. 1, Part II, 1, G, 2 to 4. Records must be retained for 2 years.
5. Maintain the identity of ownership of all animals as set forth in Section 4-24-402, and these rules. All test eligible females and breeding bulls two years of age and over shall be backtagged for individual identification as outlined in 9 CFR 71.18 71.19 and 9 CFR 79, January 1, 2001, edition. The tags are not to be removed in trading channels.
6. Permit authorized state or federal inspectors to review all phases of the livestock market operations including, but not limited, to records of origin and destination of livestock handled by the livestock market.
7. Provide adequate space for pens, alleyways, chutes, and sales ring; cover sales ring with a leak-proof roof.
8. Have floors in all pens, alleyways, chutes, and sales ring constructed in such a manner as to be safe, easily cleaned and properly drained in all types of weather and to be easily maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.
9. Maintain all alleyways, pens, chutes, and sales rings in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner.
10. Furnish and maintain one or more chutes (in addition to the loading chute) at a convenient and usable place in a covered area, suitable for restraining, inspecting, examining, testing, tagging, branding and other treatments and procedures ordinarily required in providing livestock sanitary or health service at markets in a safe manner. Furnish personnel as required to assist Department or federal inspectors.
11. Provide specially designated pens or a provision for yarding for diseased animals infected with or exposed to brucellosis, tuberculosis, scabies, anaplasmosis, vesicular disease, pseudorabies, hog cholera, sheep foot rot, or other contagious or infectious disease.
12. Provide adequate facilities and service at a reasonable cost for cleaning and disinfecting cars, trucks and other vehicles which have been used to transport diseased animals as directed by the Department of Agriculture and Food or its authorized representative.
13. Do not release any diseased animal or animal exposed to any contagious, infectious or communicable disease from a livestock market until it has been approved for movement by the Department or its authorized representative.
14. Do not release any livestock from the market which have not complied with Utah laws and rules.
B. Additional Standards for Approved Markets.
1. Weigh each reactor individually and record reactor tag number, tattoo or other identifying marks on a separate weigh ticket, and record sales price per pound and net return after deducting expenses for required handling of such reactor. Restrict sale of all reactors to a slaughtering establishment where federal or state inspection is maintained.
2. Reimburse the Department monthly an amount equal to expenses incurred in providing a veterinarian at the livestock market.
3. Provide specially designated pens or a provision for yarding for animals classified as reactors, exposed, suspects or "S" branded.
4. Provide suitable laboratory space at the market as agreed between the market and the livestock market veterinarian for the conducting of brucellosis and other necessary tests.
C. Veterinary Medical Services. These services, fees, and collection procedures will be outlined and negotiated between the Department of Agriculture and Food, Livestock Auctions, and Veterinarians in contract agreements signed by each party. Any procedures, payments fees and collection methods done outside the contract terms will be worked out between the livestock market and the veterinarian.
D. Denial, Suspension or Cancellation of Registration. The Department may, after due notice and opportunity for a hearing to the livestock market involved, deny an application for registration, or suspend or cancel the registration when the Department is satisfied that the market has:
1. Violated state statutes or rules governing the interstate or intrastate movement, shipment or transportation of livestock, or
2. Made false or misleading statements in their application for licensing, or false or misleading statements as to the health or physical conditions of livestock regarding official test results or status of the herd of origin, or
3. Knowingly sold for dairy or breeding purposes cattle which were affected with a communicable disease, or
4. Demonstrated their inability or unwillingness to carry out the record keeping requirements contained in this rule, or
5. Failed to comply with any law or rule pertaining to livestock health or movement, or
6. Failed to maintain market facilities in a safe, clean and sanitary manner, or
7. Operated as a livestock market without proper licensing.
E. Relating to temporary livestock market:
Temporary Livestock Market Licensees shall not be required to abide by the provisions in R58-7-3A (1,4,5,7-14), R58-7-3B (1-4), and R58-7-3C.
A. A temporary livestock sales license shall be required for each sale where:
1. Livestock is offered for public bidding and sold on a yardage, commission or percentage basis.
2. Sales are conducted by or for a person at which livestock owned by such person are sold on his own premises, see R58-7-3 and 4.
3. Sales are conducted for the purpose of liquidation of livestock by a farmer, dairyman, livestock breeder or feeder.
4. Sales conducted by non-profit breed or livestock associations or clubs:
a. It is not the intent of this rule to require a bond from non-profit breed or livestock associations or clubs, or from liquidation sales if they conduct sales themselves and do not assume any financial responsibility between the seller and the buyer. However, if such sales are conducted by outside or professional management a license and either a bond, trust fund agreement or letter of credit will be required.
5. Other sales may be approved by the Department of Agriculture and Food.
B. A temporary license shall not be required for:
1. Sales conducted by Future Farmers of America or 4H Club groups.
2. Sales conducted in conjunction with state, county, or private fairs.
C. The Department shall be notified 10 days prior to all such sales.
D. A temporary livestock sales license shall be issued when the Department finds:
1. That an application as approved by the Department has been received, along with the payment of a $10.00 license fee.
2. That the applicant has filed with the Department where applicable a bond as required by the Department or in accordance with the Packers and Stockyards Act (7 U.S.C. 181 et seq.), except that a letter of credit or a trust fund agreement, as approved by the Department, may replace the bonding requirements.
A. Dealer Licensing and Bonding:
No person shall operate as a livestock dealer in the state without a license and bond in accordance with Title 4, Chapter 7.
1. Upon receipt of a proper application and payment of a license fee in the amount of $25.00 and meeting current bonding requirements the Department will issue a license allowing the applicant to operate as a livestock dealer through December 31 of each year.
2. The Department, after due notice and opportunity for hearing to the dealer involved, may deny an application for license, suspend or cancel the license when the Department is satisfied that the applicant or dealer has:
a. Violated state statutes or rules governing the interstate or intrastate movement, shipment, or transportation of livestock, or
b. Made false or misleading statements in their application for licensing, or false or misleading statements as to the health or physical conditions of livestock regarding official test results or status of the herd of origin, or
c. Knowingly sold for dairy or breeding purposes cattle which were affected with a communicable disease, or
d. Demonstrated their inability or unwillingness to carry out the record keeping requirements contained in this rule, or
e. Failed to comply with any law or rule pertaining to livestock health or movement, or
f. Operated as a dealer without meeting proper licensing and bonding requirements.
B. Record Keeping.
1. All livestock dealers must keep adequate records to allow accurate trace back of all livestock to the prior owner Section 4-7-109.
2. Dealers shall permit the Department or its authorized representative to review all phases of the livestock dealer operations including, but not limited to, records of origin and destination of livestock handled by the livestock dealer.
3. Dealers shall retain above records for a period of two years.
A. Weighperson operator to be competent, licensed and bonded.
1. Stockyard owner, market agencies, and dealers shall employ only competent, licensed and bonded persons of good character and known integrity to operate scales for weighing livestock for the purpose of purchase or sale. Any person found to be operating scales incorrectly, carelessly, in violation of instructions, or in such manner as to favor or injure any party or agency through incorrect weighing or incorrect weight recording shall be removed from his weighing duties.
2. The primary responsibility of a weigher is to determine and accurately record the weight of a livestock draft without prejudice or favor to any person or agency and without regard for livestock ownership, price condition, fill, shrink, or other considerations. A weigher shall not permit the representations or attitudes of any persons or agencies to influence his judgment or action in performing his duties.
3. Unused scale tickets, or those which are partially executed but without a printed weight value, shall not be left exposed or accessible to unauthorized personnel. All such tickets shall be kept under lock when the weigher is not at his duty station.
4. Accurate weighing and correct weight recording require that a weigher shall not permit the operations to be hurried to the extent that inaccurate weights or incorrect weight records may result. Each draft of livestock must be weighed accurately to the nearest minimum weight value that can be indicated or recorded. Manual operations connected with balancing, weighing, and recording shall be performed with the care necessary to prevent damage to the accurately machined and adjusted part of weigh-beams, poses, and printing devices.
5. Livestock owners, buyers, or others having legitimate interest in a livestock draft must be permitted to observe the balancing, weighing, and recording procedures, and a weigher shall not deny them that right or withhold from them any information pertaining to the weight of that draft. He shall check the zero balance of the scale or reweigh a draft of livestock when requested by such parties.
B. Balancing the empty scale.
1. The empty scale shall be balanced each day before weighing begins, and maintained in correct balance while weighing operations continue. The zero balance shall be verified at intervals of not more than 15 drafts or 15 minutes, whichever is completed first. In addition, the zero balance of the scale shall be verified whenever a weigher resumes weighing duties after an absence from the scale and also whenever a load exceeding half the scale capacity or 10,000 pounds (whichever is less) has been weighed and is followed by a load of less than 1,000 pounds, verification to occur before the weighing of the load of less than 1,000 pounds.
2. The time at which the empty scale is balanced or its zero balance verified shall be recorded on scale tickets or other permanent records. Balance tickets must be filed with other scale tickets issued on that date.
3. Before balancing the empty scale, the weigher shall assure himself that the scale gates are closed and that no persons or animals are on the scale platform or in contact with the stock rack, gates, or platform. If the scale is balanced with persons on the scale platform, the zero balance shall be verified whenever there is a change in such persons. When the scale is properly balanced and ready for weighing, the weigher shall so indicate by an appropriate signal.
C. Weighing the load.
1. Before weighing a draft of livestock, the weigher shall assure himself that the entire draft is on the scale platform with the gates closed and that no persons or animals off the scale are in contact with the platform, gates or stock rack.
D. Sale of livestock by weight.
All livestock sold by weight through a satellite video auction market must be sold based on the weight of the livestock on the day of delivery. All livestock sold by weight must be weighed on scales that have been tested and inspected by the Department of Weights and Measures in the manner prescribed by law.
1. Before entering into business as or with a satellite video livestock auction market and annually, on or before January 1, each market or representative shall file an application for a license to transact business as or with a satellite video livestock auction market with the commissioner on a form prescribed by the commissioner. The application must show:
a. the nature of the business for which a license is desired;
b. the name of the representative applying for the license;
c. the name and address of the proposed satellite video auction or the name and address of the satellite video auction the representative proposes to transact business with; and
d. other information the commissioner may require as listed in Subsection 4-7-106.
2. The application for a license or for a renewal for a license must be accompanied by:
a. a license fee in accordance with Section 4-30-105, determined by the department pursuant to Subsection 4-2-103(2).
b. evidence of proper security bonding as required in Subsection 4-30-105(3) for the satellite video auction and Section 4-7-107 for the representative.
c. a schedule of fees and commissions that will be charged to owners, sellers, or their agents; and
d. other information the commissioner may require as listed in Section 4-7-106.
3. Each satellite video auction will be considered as a temporary livestock sale unless licensed under this chapter as a satellite video auction market. Sales operated by a representative will be required to make application as designated in R58-7-4.
4. A copy of each and any contract between the representative and the satellite video auction market with which the representative proposes to transact business or a contract with the proposed satellite video auction market must be supplied to the department.
The contract must include a provision authorizing the commissioner or the commissioners designee to have access to the books, papers, accounts, financial records held by financial institutions, accountants or other sources; and other documents relating to the activities of the satellite video livestock market and requiring the satellite video auction market to make such documents reasonably available upon the request of the commissioner or the commissioners designee. If the contract between a representative and the satellite video auction market is terminated, rescinded, breached, or materially altered, the representative and the satellite video auction market shall immediately notify the commissioner. Failure to notify will be deemed failure to keep and maintain suitable records and be deemed to be a false entry or statement of fact in application filed with the department. (Section 4-7-201.)
A. Hearing on License Application; Notice of Hearing.
1. Upon filing of an application as a satellite video auction livestock market, the chairman of the Department of Agriculture and Food's Livestock Market Committee shall set a time and place for a hearing to review the application and determine whether a license will be issued.
2. Upon filing of an application as a representative of a satellite video auction market, the chairman of the Department of Agriculture and Food's Livestock Market Committee may elect to hold a hearing to review the application and determine whether a license will be issued.
B. Guidelines delineated for decision on application shall be in accordance with 4-30-107 and shall apply to the livestock auction market and the satellite video livestock auction market.
October 12, 2010
January 13, 2015
For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R58, please contact the promulgating agency (Agriculture and Food, Animal Industry). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.