California Department of Food and Agriculture

Bureau of Livestock Identification

Cowboy Riding Herd

Inspection Requirements - 21051

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, cattle shall be inspected as follows:

  • Whenever cattle are sold or ownership is transferred
  • Prior to movement out of any designated modified point-of-origin inspection area, for purposes other than sale or slaughter and no change of ownership is involved, as provided in Section 21111.
  • Prior to movement out of the state.
  • Upon entry into a registered feedlot.
  • Prior to slaughter.
  • Prior to release or sale from a public stockyard, public saleyard, or public or private cattle sales market.
  • Prior to release from a posted stockyard or posted saleyard.
  • Prior to transportation out of a full point-of-origin area, as provided in Section 21141.
  • Prior to transportation or movement from premises designated as quarantine, restriction, or isolated areas pursuant to Section 9565.

Documents Required When Cattle Are Being Transported Must Be Exhibited To Any Brand Inspector Or Peace Officer Upon Request

  • When brand inspection is required, an original or supplemental brand inspection certificate must accompany the cattle.
  • A Bill of Sale or Consignment (Yellow Slip) must accompany all cattle transported within the state when no brand inspection or salesyard outbilling is required.



is amended to read: Any person that takes up an estray animal shall confine it in a secure place, and shall immediately file with the secretary a notice containing all of the following:

  • A description of the animal seized.
  • The marks and brands, if any.
  • The probable value of the animal.
  • A statement of the date and place where it was taken up and confined.
  • Fences and Caltrans

Contact Information

Contact us for more information:

Mailing Address:
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Bureau of Livestock Identification
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Physical Address:
2800 Gateway Oaks Drive
Sacramento, California 95833

Telephone: (916) 900-5006
Fax: (916) 900-5335
or send an email to the bureau: