Livestock Market Licensing
Missouri Livestock Markets
Missouri has a livestock inventory of 4.25 million cattle, three million hogs and pigs, 73,000 sheep and 200,000 equine. To help livestock producers obtain the maximum return on their investment, Missouri is fortunate to have a number of livestock market/sales throughout the state.
To operate a livestock market/sale in the state, the operator must have a license issued by the Division of Animal Health. This license shall entitle the applicant to conduct business for one (1) calendar year, January through December. To apply for a livestock market/sale license the requirements are:
- Complete an application for a livestock market/sale and return with $75 license fee to the Division of Animal Health. Market/Sale License Application
- Secure veterinary inspection of all livestock offered for sale and complete an Agreement for Performance of Livestock Market/Sale Veterinary Responsibilities form. Agreement for Performance of Livestock Market/Sale Veterinary Responsibilities
- Contact the state/federal veterinarian for the county where the sale is to be held. The state/federal veterinarian will inspect the facility, review rules and regulations and assist with paperwork.
- Provide proof of satisfactory surety in the amount specified by the USDA Packers and Stockyards Administration. USDA Packers and Stockyards Administration may be contacted by phone at (515) 323-2579.
To renew the livestock market/sale license you must:
- Complete an application for a livestock market/sale and return with $75 license fee to the Division of Animal Health.
- Complete an Agreement for Performance of Livestock Market/Sale Veterinary Responsibilities form and return it along with the application and license fee to the Division of Animal Health.
- Maintain proof of satisfactory surety.
For further information or livestock market/sale forms, contact the Division of Animal Health at (573) 751-4358 or e-mail Penny.Gottschalk@mda.mo.gov.
Livestock Market Licensing and Bonding
Under the Missouri Livestock Marketing Law and regulations (2CSR 30-6), all livestock markets must be licensed and provide a satisfactory bond (with a minimum bond amount of $10,000), determined by business volume.
Most licensed livestock markets have enough business to warrant a bond under the USDA Packers & Stockyards Administration. Potential market licensees should contact USDA at (515) 323-2579 to determine if their bond will need to be administered through USDA Packers & Stockyards. The division will accept any instrument of surety approved by Packers & Stockyards.
Market license applications can be obtained from the Division of Animal Health. For further information, contact the Division of Animal Health.
Livestock Dealer Registration
Livestock Dealer Registration is required for those who buy, sell, or exchange livestock. Under Missouri's Stockyards, Grain and Produce Exchanges - Livestock Dealer law and regulations (2CSR 30-7.010), registered livestock dealers must keep records regarding their sales and purchases to prevent the spread of livestock disease. There is no cost to register as a livestock dealer, but registration must be renewed annually.
For further information, please contact the Division of Animal Health at (573) 751-4358, or e-mail Penny.Gottschalk@mda.mo.gov.
Market Volume Report
All market licensees are required to report the volume sold by April 12 for the previous year.