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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 5. Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services
Chapter 61. Regulations Governing Livestock Dealers and Marketing Facilities for the Purpose of Controlling and Eradicating Infectious and Contagious Diseases of Livestock

2VAC5-61-60. Operation of marketing facilities.

A. The premises shall be maintained in a state of good repair. The marketing facility shall contain appropriately constructed and well-lighted livestock handling chutes, pens, and alleys for the inspection, identification, vaccination, and testing of livestock. Electrical power shall be provided.

B. The premises shall be maintained in a clean, sanitary, and orderly manner at all times and must be cleaned after each use. The sanitation process shall prevent contamination of state waters, production of noxious odors, and the breeding of insects or vermin. Run-off water shall be diverted from livestock holding areas.

C. The marketing facility shall be sprayed with disinfectant on a monthly basis or as otherwise required by the State Veterinarian. All alleys, scales, docks, pens, and rings in which livestock have been housed since the previous application of disinfectant must be cleaned of all bedding and animal waste so that the base surfaces can be thoroughly sprayed. No area shall be sprayed that has not been properly cleaned.

D. Isolation pens shall be provided that are clearly labeled, adequately drained, constructed of materials able to withstand frequent cleaning and disinfection, and cleaned and disinfected between each use.

E. Condemned and diseased livestock shall be penned separately from other livestock and shall be removed from the premises within 24 hours of the sale. Such pens shall be plainly marked "For Slaughter Only."

F. Dead animals shall be immediately moved to a designated area of the premises out of public view and removed from the premises within 48 hours.

G. The marketing facility shall ensure that feed and water can be provided to livestock in an appropriate manner when needed or as directed by the State Veterinarian.

H. Livestock may not be slaughtered or processed at the marketing facility.

I. Livestock shall not reside at the marketing facility.

Statutory Authority

§§ 3.2-6001, 3.2-6002, and 3.2-6004 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 19, 2015.

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