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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 10 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 6. Inspection of Cattle [21051 - 21323]

  ( Chapter 6 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

ARTICLE 6. Certificate of Inspection [21201 - 21208]
  ( Article 6 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )


It is unlawful for any inspector to issue a certificate of inspection unless he personally made the inspection between sunrise and sunset.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)


If satisfied that the person that offers the cattle for inspection is in lawful possession of them, the inspector shall issue a certificate of inspection.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)


The certificate of inspection shall be signed by the inspector and shall show all of the following:

(a) The place and date of inspection and the number of animals inspected.

(b) The sex, the brand, if any, on each branded animal recorded in the name of the owner of the animal, or the marks and brands under which the animal was offered for inspection, and such additional marks and brands as may be required by the chief.

(c) The sex, natural marks, and breed of unbranded animals.

(d) If the animals are to be transported, the names of the shipper and of the consignee and the origin and destination of the shipment.

(e) If the animals are to be transported, the length of time necessary to move the shipment between the point of inspection and the point of destination. The inspector shall determine the amount of time needed for this purpose, based upon the information provided to him at the time of inspection.

Such certificate shall only be valid for transportation purposes during the period of time specified thereon by the inspector.

(Amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 938.)


One copy of the certificate of inspection shall accompany the shipment.

(Amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 938.)


Unless the inspector who issued the certificate is notified and approves, it is unlawful for any person to remove any animal and substitute another for it, or to add other animals or take animals away from any lot of cattle for which a certificate has been issued until after the shipment or slaughter is completed.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)


Cattle which are shipped for slaughter from either of the following points of origin may be inspected by the director without any charge prior to slaughter on a monitoring basis sufficient to assure that uninspected cattle are not being slaughtered:

(a) Registered feedlots.

(b) Public salesyards or livestock markets in this state that are licensed by the state or posted by the United States Department of Agriculture under the Packers and Stockyards Act.

The director shall adopt the regulations necessary to implement this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 385.)


Whenever the director upon the inspection provided for by Section 21206 finds any cattle that have not been inspected in accordance with subdivisions (d), (f) and (g) of Section 21051, he shall inspect the cattle and charge for the inspection.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 385.)


In addition to any other penalty, any person who slaughters cattle at a slaughter plant without the brand inspection required by this chapter, shall pay a penalty fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) for each head of cattle so slaughtered.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 385.)

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