943.01 Livestock dealer definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(A) "Animals" or "livestock" means horses, mules, and other equidae, cattle, sheep, and goats and other bovidae, swine and other suidae, poultry, alpacas, llamas, and monitored captive deer, captive deer with status, or captive deer with certified chronic wasting disease status.

(B) "Dealer" or "broker" means any person found by the department of agriculture buying, receiving, selling, slaughtering, with the exception of those persons designated by division (B)(1) of section 918.10 of the Revised Code, exchanging, negotiating, or soliciting the sale, resale, exchange, or transfer of any animals in an amount of more than two hundred fifty head of cattle, horses, or other equidae or five hundred head of sheep, goats, or other bovidae, swine and other suidae, poultry, alpacas, llamas, or monitored captive deer, captive deer with status, or captive deer with certified chronic wasting disease status during any one year. "Dealer" or "broker" does not mean any of the following:

(1) Any railroad or other carrier transporting animals either interstate or intrastate;

(2) Any person who by dispersal sale is permanently discontinuing the business of farming, dairying, breeding, raising, or feeding animals;

(3) Any person who sells livestock that has been raised from birth on the premises of the person;

(4) Any person who buys or receives animals for grazing or feeding purposes at a premises owned or controlled by the person and sells or disposes of the animals after the minimum grazing or feeding period of thirty days;

(5) Any person who places livestock in facilities other than the person's own pursuant to a written agreement for feeding or finishing, provided that the person retains legal and equitable title to the livestock during the term of the agreement.

The exemptions set forth in divisions (B)(1) to (5) of this section are exclusive of those activities requiring licensure under sections 943.01 to 943.18 of the Revised Code, so that a person shall be deemed to be a dealer or broker or subject to divisions (B)(1) to (5) of this section, but shall not be, or be subject to, both. No person who is a licensed dealer or broker and whose license is suspended shall have livestock or animals exempted pursuant to divisions (B)(1) to (5) of this section.

(C) "Employee" means any person employed by a dealer or broker to act in the dealer's or broker's behalf to buy, sell, exchange, negotiate, or solicit sale or resale of animals in the dealer's or broker's name.

(D) "Small dealer" means any person found by the department buying, receiving, selling, slaughtering, with the exception of those persons designated by division (B)(1) of section 918.10 of the Revised Code, exchanging, negotiating, or soliciting the sale, resale, exchange, or transfer of any animals in an amount of two hundred fifty head or less of cattle, horses, or other equidae or five hundred head or less of sheep, goats, or other bovidae, swine or other suidae, poultry, alpacas, llamas, or monitored captive deer, captive deer with status, or captive deer with certified chronic wasting disease status during any one year.

(E) "Captive whitetail deer licensee" means a person who has been issued a license under section 943.03 or 943.031 of the Revised Code and a license under section 1533.71 or 1533.721 of the Revised Code regarding monitored captive deer, captive deer with status, or captive deer with certified chronic wasting disease status.

(F) "Chronic wasting disease" has the same meaning as in 9 C.F.R. 55.1 .

(G) "Captive deer with status" means captive white-tailed deer that have been legally acquired or their offspring, are part of a herd that is monitored and tested for disease in accordance with rules, and are privately owned primarily for the purposes of agriculture, propagation, or providing captive deer to a wild animal hunting preserve licensed under section 1533.721 of the Revised Code.

(H) "Captive deer with certified chronic wasting disease status" means captive white-tailed deer that have been legally acquired or their offspring, are part of a herd that has been monitored and tested for disease in accordance with rules, including tested for chronic wasting disease for at least five consecutive years in accordance with rules, are privately owned primarily for the purposes of agriculture, propagation, or providing deer to a wild animal hunting preserve licensed under section 1533.721 of the Revised Code, and are certified "with status" in accordance with rules.

(I) "Monitored captive deer" means whitetail deer that have been legally acquired or their offspring, are tested for chronic wasting disease in accordance with rules, and are held in private ownership for agricultural or personal purposes or in a wild animal hunting preserve licensed under section 1533.721 of the Revised Code.

(J) "Rule" means a rule adopted under section 943.24 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 943.01

History. Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.89, HB 389, §1, eff. 6/29/2012.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 06-20-1994; 2008 HB352 08-06-2008

Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.89, HB 389, §3