Livestock Exemptions from Inspection

NOTE: meat derived from livestock that are slaughtered and/or processed under any of the exemptions below cannot be sold and cannot be used for trade or barter

All livestock is required to be slaughtered and processed at a state or federally inspected establishment unless it is produced under one of the exemptions below.

Each of the exemptions has an explanation of the allowable slaughter activities and criteria that must be met in order for an individual or person to operate under these exemptions.

Personal Use Exemption

Allows for an individual to slaughter and/or process animals owned wholly by him/her.

The meat from these animals is exclusively for use by him and members of his household, non-paying guests and employees, and cannot be sold or bartered. The Individual Exemption does not apply to the slaughter of animals owned wholly or in part by another individual or person.

“On-Farm” Personal Use Exemption

Allows for an individual to purchase a live animal from a farmer, and then to slaughter it on the farm where it was purchased. The meat from these animals is exclusively for use by the individual and members of his household, non-paying guests and employees, and cannot be sold or bartered. The “on farm” personal use exemption does not apply to the slaughter of animals owned wholly or in part by another individual or person.

Custom Exemption

Allows for a person to provide slaughter and/or processing services to others who own the food animals either wholly or in part.  This includes animals with multiple owners. The meat from custom slaughtered animals is exclusively for personal use by the owner(s) of the animal, members of his/her household, employees and non-paying guests, and cannot be sold or bartered.  The product must be marked “NOT FOR SALE”.

Frequently asked questions about exemptions