Mandatory Livestock Reporting for Swine
The Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 (Act) was enacted into law on October 22, 1999 (Pub. L. 106-78; 113 Stat. 1188; 7 U.S.C. 1635-1636h) as an amendment to the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.). The Act provides for the mandatory reporting of market information by Federally inspected livestock processing plants which have slaughtered an average number of livestock during the immediately preceding 5 calendar years (125,000 for cattle and 100,000 for swine), including any processing plant that did not slaughter during the immediately preceding 5 calendar years if the Secretary determines that the plant should be considered a packer based on the plant’s capacity. For entities that did not slaughter during the immediately preceding 5 calendar years, such as a new plant or existing plant that begins operations the AMS will project the plant’s annual slaughter or production based upon the plant’s estimate of annual slaughter capacity to determine which entities meet the definition of a packer as defined in these regulations.