Ohio Livestock Care Standards
In November 2009 Ohioans overwhelmingly passed State Issue 2, a constitutional amendment requiring that the State of Ohio establish
comprehensive livestock care standards. Since then the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board was created to obtain public input and
recommend guidelines for the Ohio Department of Agriculture to adopt as rules under the authority of the Director of Agriculture and
State Veterinarian. In undertaking this effort the OLCSB to date has held more than 20 meetings, 55 separate subcommittee meetings,
7 listening sessions and 2 full days of touring a variety of livestock farms across Ohio.
Rules affecting the care of dairy, beef, swine, turkeys, broilers, sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, and equine standards have
been approved by the Ohio General Assembly's Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review and will go into effect September 29, 2011.
Educational guides to these approved standards are available in "Resources", below.
If you would like to submit a complaint regarding a violation of the livestock care standards,
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Division of Animal Health
8995 E. Main St.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Ohio Livestock Care Standards Meeting Videos, September 14, 2011 - Lima, Ohio: