Department of Agriculture - Livestock Exhibitions - Acceptable practices.

Published: 2016-03-21

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This is a mandatory rule.

The following practices are deemed acceptable to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of livestock:

(A) Adding caffeine free soda pop, gelatin, or other sweeteners to drinking water in nominal amounts to encourage water consumption;

(B) Hoof trimming;

(C) Cosmetic dehorning in market class livestock;

(D) Using collodion as a teat sealant, but for no longer than eighteen hours;

(E) Adding molasses or other sweeteners to feed to encourage consumption;

(F) Properly administered and approved growth implants;

(G) Castration;

(H) Beak trimming;

(I) Dehorning;

(J) Tattooing;

(K) Hot or freeze branding;

(L) Humane ringing;

(M) Tail docking;

(N) Ear notching;

(O) Ear tagging;

(P) Shearing;

(Q) Drenching of livestock for a medical condition at an exhibition when diagnosed by a licensed veterinarian;

(R) Acceptable surgery, including clamps, bands and chemical castration; and

(S) Application of ice, ice packs, cold packs, or cold compresses prescribed to relieve heat stress or a medical condition diagnosed by a licensed veterinarian at an exhibition.