Alternative Livestock

 Mule Deer The Brand Inspection division has the regulatory responsibility of licensing and inspecting alternative livestock (elk and fallow deer) facilities.


Any person operating a farm or ranch at which alternative livestock are raised must obtain a valid alternative livestock farm license issued by the State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners.

How to Begin the Alternative Livestock Licensing Process:


  1. Send a letter to the the State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners stating that you are planning to build an alternative livestock facility, giving the physical address and approximate size (i.e.: two acres, eighty acres, etc.). At this time YOU MUST INCLUDE a schematic or plat drawing of your proposed facility showing approximate size of the facility, location of the perimeter fence, location of your internal working facility (chutes, crushes, traps, etc.), location of the quarantine pen and any pertinent landmarks near your facility. Landmarks could be creeks, rivers, ditches, roads, highways or any prominent structure.

  2. Upon receipt of your letter and site plan, this office will notify the Division of Wildlife and request a location review by that Division. The Board will then notify you in writing of the D.O.W. recommendation. If your site has received a positive recommendation, you will be authorized to begin construction of your alternative livestock farm.

  3. Upon completion of your facility, contact your local brand inspector to arrange for a facility certification inspection, which must be mailed to the Denver office. Upon receipt of the inspector's certification, a properly completed license application, the annual license fee of up to $300.00 and all other required documents, the Brand Board will issue the license. The entire process for obtaining a new license will take 30 to 60 days.



(NOTE: It is advisable not to begin construction of your facility (perimeter fence) until site approval has been granted by the Division of Wildlife.)


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