Montana State Legislature

Agency: Department of Livestock

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The Department of Livestock is responsible for controlling and eradicating animal diseases; preventing the transmission of animal diseases to humans; protecting the livestock industry from theft and predatory animals; meat, milk, and egg inspection; and regulating the milk industry relative to producer pricing. The department, which is provided for in 2-15-3101, MCA, consists of the Board of Livestock and its appointed Executive Officer, the Livestock Crimestoppers Commission, the Milk Control Board, the Livestock Loss Board. The department is organized into three divisions: Animal Health & Food Safety, Centralized Services and Brand Enforcement. The Board of Livestock, which is the statutory head of the Department of Livestock, consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve six-year terms.

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