Rules and Regulations
California Livestock Laws
If you have questions regarding laws regarding cattle and livestock production in California the CDFA has a helpful list of laws and their corresponding definitions.
California Environmental Regulations
For specific laws regarding manure management procedures, regulations are available to read on the California Water Boards website. For specific animal waste regulations see the Animal waste (1b) documented listed below. For more information on on how to best manage pigs within a riparian area see the UCANR Riparian document.
Transportation of Pigs
For information on moving animals from California to other states, check the USDA State Regulations webpage and call the state of destination. The websites InterstateLivestock.com and AnimalRegs.com are other resources for veterinarians and contain information on entry requirements for states.
California Antibiotic Regulations
As of January 1, 2018, producers will need a veterinarian prescription for medically important antibiotics. For more information, go to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship website. Below lists a antimicrobial checklist to ensure that you are staying up to date with federal and state antimicrobial/ antibiotic mandates.
Additional California Regulations
Swine Garbage Feeding-Food waste feeding to swine is also commonly known as garbage feeding or swill and requires a license. For more information download the swine garbage fact sheet below.
One of the first questions to ask is, "How can I sell my pork?". Principally, the ability to legally sell domestic meat and meat products depends on where the animal will be harvested. In California there are three types of slaughter facilities including federally inspected, state inspected, and custom exempt facilities. Of these plants, only federally inspected plants allow for the retail sale of meat. For more information on where and how to harvest, process, and selling your pork. See the documents below.