Livestock transport operators
Do livestock transporters require certification?
No. Livestock transporters that move animals from one certified farm or facility to another are not required to hold organic certification. Transporters are eligible for organic certification.
What do I need to know about using an uncertified livestock transporter?
If using uncertified transporters, organic animals must be (a) moved without unloading at uncertified facilities, and (b) must not be combined with loads of animals from multiple operations.
As an OTCO-certified livestock producer, we’ll ask you to provide information regarding your plan for livestock transportation as part of your Organic System Plan, including:
- How animals are transported
- How animals are identified as organic
- At what point ownership of the animals changes
- How the transporter is prepared to handle animal welfare during transport