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NO. 94. AN ACT RELATING TO LIVESTOCK DEALERS.

(H.733)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 6 V.S.A. § 768 is amended to read:

§ 768. DUTIES OF DEALERS

A livestock dealer licensed under section 762 of this title shall:

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(4) Maintain, subject to inspection by the commissioner of agriculture, food and markets or his or her agent, a proper record in which all *[cattle]* livestock purchased, repossessed, sold or loaned are to be listed, giving breed, date purchased, repossessed, sold or loaned and complete names and addresses from whom obtained and to whom delivered. Such record shall also show the *[ear tag number of each animal, except untagged cattle for immediate slaughter. Untagged cattle acquired by a dealer, except cattle for immediate slaughter, shall be held on the dealer's premises and such cattle shall be tuberculin and blood tested by an approved veterinarian at dealer's expense. Registered purebred cattle which do not bear ear tags shall be recorded by giving tattoo markings, description and such other information as is necessary to identify such cattle. This section shall not apply to calves under three months of age]* individual identification of each livestock by a method prescribed for each species by rule by the commissioner, except that for equine such record and method of individual identification shall be as prescribed under subchapter 2 of chapter 102 of this title.

Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.

Approved: May 2, 2000