Livestock laws and regulations generally are set at the state level, but there are local laws that exist for ranchers to take into consideration. These laws can be helpful when determining fault if an accident occurs with roaming livestock. Ownership, branding and sales transaction also bring up common questions in the industry and should be handled by an experienced attorney.
Is Texas an open-range state?
Yes, Texas is an open-range state, which means that cattle are free to roam. However, local livestock laws can impact a livestock owner’s liability for accidents involving animals.
What is the "stock law" exception?
This exception is only applied at the county precinct level within Texas. It is a specific law that prohibits certain livestock from running free through the county or on certain types of roadways. Animals that commonly are included in livestock confinement laws include horses, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, and sheep.
Who is liable in an accident with roaming livestock?
In the event of an accident with cattle or other livestock that are roaming freely, there are many factors to consider. Did the accident occur on a federal highway, state highway or county road? Was this a repeat occurrence? Did it occur in an area with a stock law? These are just some of the questions that will be asked after an accident with roaming livestock to determine liability.
Do livestock need to be branded in Texas?
Each person who owns cattle, hogs, sheep, or goats shall record that person’s earmarks, brands, tattoos, and electronic identification devices with the county clerk of the county in which the animals are located. Livestock brands and other identifiers can be registered in multiple counties.
Do you need help with agriculture law?
When livestock ownership issues arise, it is important to work with an attorney experienced in Agricultural Law. If you or someone you know needs assistance in navigating through livestock liability or ownership, or any other agriculture related issues, please schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys today.