Department of Agriculture to Hold Zoom Meeting on Enforcement of Livestock Regulations

Senepol cattle on St. Croix.

The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (DOA) invites community members to a discussion regarding the regulations for livestock owners in the territory, which is set for 5:30 p.m., June 30. This virtual meeting will be held via Zoom using link https://bit.ly/3fyAZqV. Additionally, individuals may call

+1 (346) 248-7799 and enter the Meeting ID: 951 1961 2407.

This meeting is the first step in educating farmers on pertinent livestock regulations and enforcing the law. Agriculture will be working with farmers and community members to follow best practices for raising healthy animals and producing a safe and wholesome food product. DOA will specifically cover the following subsections in preparation for enforcement:

  • Proper feeding and care:

o       Owners are responsible for providing the proper feed, shelter, water and veterinary care for their animals at all times.

  • Stray animals:

o       “(1) that animals straying on public highways and other places private or public, constitute a danger to the public health, safety and convenience, are destructive of property, increase traffic hazards and expose such animals to inhumane suffering.”

  • Identification and registration of animals:

o       “(a) No person shall own, keep or harbor any donkey, horse, mule, sheep, cattle, hog or goat, two months old or older, unless such animal is branded, tagged [micro-chipped,] or tattooed …”

  • Impound:

o       “(a) Any animal found running at large or tied on public property, or on private property without the consent of the owner of the property, shall be taken up by animal wardens …”

For more information, visit the website: http://doa.vi.gov/livestock-meetings/.