|Volume 1 - Resource Management
Chapter 3 - Range Management
Policy 3.5 - Livestock Ownership and Control
Effective Date: 31-March-97
This policy covers the requirements for ownership or control of livestock which are grazed on Crown range.
Ownership of Livestock
The owner of livestock is:
Control of Livestock
The tenure holder has control of livestock if:
The District Manager may decide not to apply this policy for:
Proof of Ownership or Control
All livestock approved for turnout onto Crown range must be branded or marked in a manner approved by the District Manager. These animals are referred to as approved livestock.
In addition to branding or marking, the District Manager may also require that approved livestock be tagged in a specified manner (Range Practices Regulation, s. 8).
If livestock are not branded with a registered brand (as per the Livestock Brand Act) of which the tenure holder is the registered owner, proof of ownership or control must be provided to the District Manager upon request at least two weeks prior to turnout.
As proof of ownership, the District Manager may require a Bill of Sale as described in the Livestock Brand Act regulation.
The District Manager, following consultation with the local livestock association, may approve leased livestock when they constitute up to but not more than 50% of the tenure holder's authorized herd.
Leases must be for a minimum term of three years.
Only brood cows and bred heifers which the tenure holder intends to keep as replacement or additional brood cows may be leased.
The District Manager will require leased livestock to be marked by the lessor with an identification brand as provided for in the Livestock Brand Act, or marked in another manner acceptable to the District Manager.
Livestock approved for turnout onto Crown range must be available for inspection on the tenure holder's ranch base, appurtenant lands, or other location approved by the District Manager, at least two weeks prior to turnout, or at any other reasonable time as required by the District Manager. Any other conditions required by the District Manager, consistent with the Range Act, regulations, and policies, must be met.
Tenure Suspension and Cancellation
A tenure will be suspended or cancelled if the tenure holder has livestock on Crown range which have not been approved by the District Manager (Range Act, s. 31, 35; Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, s. 98).
A tenure may be suspended or cancelled if the tenure holder: