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The meaning of “livestock” as used in the definition of “Agricultural Commodity”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised the definition of livestock in 49 CFR 395.2 to include llamas, alpacas, live fish, and crawfish. This means that transporters of llamas, alpacas, live fish, and crawfish, are included within the hours of service exemption for drivers transporting agricultural commodities, as set forth in § 395.1(k)(1). This change is in response to the 2018 amendment to the Emergency Livestock Feed Assistance Act of 1988 and effective as of December 20, 2018.

The definition of “livestock” in § 395.2, revised to incorporate the statutory changes, now reads as follows:

Livestock means cattle, elk, reindeer, bison, horses, deer, sheep, goats, swine, poultry (including egg-producing poultry), llamas, alpacas, live fish, crawfish, and other animals that are part of a foundation herd (including dairy producing cattle) or offspring; or are purchased as part of a normal operation and not to obtain additional benefits under the Emergency Livestock Feed Assistance Act of 1988, as amended.

The above document is guidance on the definition of "livestock."

Last updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2019