Electronic Cattle Transaction Reporting


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Electronic Cattle Transaction Reporting

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Electronic Cattle Transaction Reporting (ECTR) system

Enter ECTR system here: ECTR

A change in reporting cattle transactions – no exemptions for small, private sales

On Jan. 1, 2016, the livestock inspection exemption known as the "15-head exemption" was eliminated. This exemption applied to individual private sales of unbranded female dairy breed cattle involving 15 head or fewer.

The rule change requires that all cattle must receive a livestock inspection before any change of ownership or before any movement out of state.

There are two exemptions:
  • Cattle destined to a public livestock market in another state where brand inspection is performed by WSDA inspectors or an agent according to an agreement between WSDA and the other state.
  • Cattle moving out of Washington that have a certificate of permit showing the livestock are heading directly to a designated out-of-state inspection point.

Alternative to a live brand inspection – options for reporting cattle sales

WSDA and the Washington State dairy industry have partnered to explore an alternative system that allows electronic reporting of private transactions of unbranded dairy cattle. This Electronic Cattle Transaction Reporting (ECTR) system provides WSDA-licensed dairy producers the option of reporting cattle transactions online rather than through a livestock inspection.

However, it can only be used for cattle that are individually identified through an identification method authorized by the department.

The need for inspections:

In 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law authorizing WSDA to establish an electronic cattle transaction reporting system as a way private transactions involving unbranded dairy cattle could be reported.

The goal of the ECTR effort was to create a reporting system that will compliment dairy management practices and allow commerce to move with ease, while maintaining a robust database that can be used for animal disease traceability.

Below is a cost comparison between reporting cattle transactions through the ECTR system versus requesting a livestock inspection. For questions, please contact the Livestock Inspection Program at (360) 902-1855 or Livestock Inspection Program

Examples of ECTR Costs vs. Inspection Costs

Scenario 1 – A change of ownership on one head of unbranded dairy cattle when time and mileage does not apply.
 

Possible Fees

Cost of fees

Livestock Inspection Costs

ECTR Costs

Minimum Certificate Fee $5.00 $5.00 $-
Inspection Per Head Fee $1.60 $- $-
ECTR Per Head Fee $1.30 $- $1.30
Beef Commission Fee $1.50 $1.50 $1.50
ADT Fee $0.23 $0.23 $0.23
Time Fee $17.00 $- $-
Mileage Fee $.575 $- $-
Totals   $6.73 $3.03

In this scenario, producers utilizing ECTR would save 55% over a traditional livestock inspection.
Scenario 2 – A change of ownership on 74 head of unbranded dairy cattle when time and mileage does not apply.
 
                    

Possible Fees

                
                    

Cost of fees

                
                    

Livestock Inspection Costs

                
                    

ECTR Costs

                
Minimum Certificate Fee $5.00 $- $-
Inspection Per Head Fee $1.60 $118.40 $-
ECTR Per Head Fee $1.30 $- $96.20
Beef Commission Fee $1.50 $111.00 $111.00
ADT Fee $0.23 $17.02 $17.02
Time Fee $17.00 $- $-
Mileage Fee $.575 $- $-
Totals   $246.42 $224.22

In this scenario, producers utilizing ECTR would save 9% over a traditional livestock inspection.
 
Scenario 3 – A change of ownership on 33 head of unbranded dairy cattle when time and mileage does apply for 3 hours and 119 miles.
 

Possible Fees

Cost of fees

Livestock Inspection Costs

ECTR Costs

Minimum Certificate Fee $5.00 $- $-
Inspection Per Head Fee $1.60 $- $-
ECTR Per Head Fee $1.30 $- $42.90
Beef Commission Fee $1.50 $49.50 49.50
ADT Fee $0.23 $7.59 $7.59
Time Fee $17.00 $51.00 $-
Mileage Fee $.575 $63.25 $-
Totals   $171.34 $99.99

In this scenario, producers utilizing ECTR would save 42% over a traditional livestock inspection.