The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Tuesday passed proposed civil penalty rules that will be used to enforce the state’s livestock care standards. The civil penalty rules provide guidance for major and minor livestock care standard violations, and the civil penalties apply to each set of livestock care standards the board creates.

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is charged with establishing statewide standards governing the care and well-being of livestock while promoting food safety, preventing animal and human diseases and encouraging local food production. The Ohio Department of Agriculture, under its regulatory authority, has the responsibility to enforce the livestock care standards the board puts in place.

“The proposed civil penalty rules created today will strengthen every livestock care standard this board creates,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs.

The proposed civil penalties for each livestock care standard will be based on major and minor violations. A major violation may result in a civil penalty of $1,000 up to $5,000 for a first offense and $5,000 up to $10,000 for each subsequent offense. A minor violation may result in a civil penalty of up to $500 for a first offense and up to $1,000 for each subsequent offense.

The proposed civil penalty rules will be posted to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board’s website and distributed through the E Notification System for comment. Read more information about the process.

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Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture