Frequently Asked Questions: Sellers
Sellers of Livestock
When you sell your livestock, you must, by law, provide the purchaser of your livestock with a Bill of Sale
. The Bill of Sale must show:
- the date the sale occurred;
- the proper names and addresses of the buyer and seller;
- a description of the livestock that includes the kind, colour and number of head of livestock sold;
- a description and the location of any brands on the livestock;
- if the livestock is sold by weight, the weight of the livestock sold;
- the purchase price, the deductions from the purchase price and the sale proceeds;
- any other information required by the Minister.
Not only is it a legal requirement to producer a proper bill of sale when selling livestock, but failure to do so may result in animals or proceeds of sale being held when purchasers of your livestock market these livestock.
You should also provide to purchasers of your livestock all Bills of Sale for when you purchased your livestock, regardless of where you purchased your livestock. This will assist the Livestock Inspectors, should there be a question of ownership of the livestock.
It is important to note that Pedigree Registration papers are NOT considered legal Bills of Sale. You are required to provide a legal Bill of Sale; in addition to any Pedigree Registration papers you might provide the purchaser of your livestock.
Frequently Asked Questions: Manifest
As of January 1, 2009 the Livestock Identification and Commerce Act (LICA) came into effect. This new legislation governs the transportation of cattle, horses and sheep both within Alberta and to destinations outside of Alberta.
Livestock being transported or driven within or outside of Alberta must be accompanied with either a Livestock Manifest or a permit. This provides an overview of the two types of transportation documents and when they are used.
Sales documents – livestock security interest declaration
If cattle, horses and sheep are being transported for sale, the transporter should ensure that the livestock is accompanied with a livestock security interest declaration on either the Livestock Manifest or a separate document or that the seller has provided the declaration directly to the purchaser. Delivery of this declaration either with or in advance of the transportation of the livestock will ensure that there is no delay in the payment of the sale proceeds.
Cattle being transported or driven within Alberta must be accompanied with either a Livestock Manifest or one of the following types of permits:
- Livestock Permit – available for all types of cattle
- Pedigree Cattle Permit – only available for purebred cattle registered under the Animal Pedigree Act;
- Rodeo and Exhibition Permit – only available for rodeo and exhibition cattle
Cattle being transported or driven to a destination in another province must be inspected and, depending on the purpose for which they are being transported, can be accompanied with one of the following permits: a Livestock Permit, a Pedigree Cattle Permit or a Rodeo and Exhibition Permit.
If cattle are being transported to another province for the purpose of sale or slaughter, they must be accompanied with a Livestock Permit. However, if the cattle are being transported directly to an inspected auction market in Saskatchewan or to an inspected auction market in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, the cattle only need to be accompanied with a Livestock Manifest.
Horses being transported or driven within Alberta are no longer required to be accompanied with a Livestock Manifest or a Livestock Permit unless the horse is being transported for sale or slaughter or to an inspection site (country sale, auction market, livestock assembling station or abattoir).
Horses being transported or driven to another province must be inspected and, depending on the purpose for which they are being transported, can be accompanied with one of the following permits: an Annual Horse Permit, a Lifetime Horse Permit, a Rodeo and Exhibition Permit or a Livestock Permit.
If a horse is being transported or driven to another province for the purpose of sale or slaughter the horse must be accompanied with a Livestock Permit.
Sheep being transported or driven within Alberta or to a destination outside Alberta are required to be accompanied with a Livestock Manifest.