Livestock Owners Must Report Numbers by March 1


The Montana Department of Revenue is reminding all livestock owners that they need to report their livestock to the department by March 1, 2021.

The number of livestock owned as of February 1 can be reported online at

About 16,000 livestock owners who reported last year have already received notification to report.

Livestock per capita fees, set by the Montana Department of Livestock, are due May 31, 2021. Livestock owners may pay these when they report. Otherwise, they will receive their bill in early May.

All livestock owners must report the number of each type of livestock they own. Even if you only own one horse or a few chickens, they must be reported. According to Montana law, livestock owners need to report: cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, honey bees, goats, horses, mules, asses, llamas, alpacas, domestic bison, ostriches, rheas, emus, and domestic ungulates.

If you reported livestock last year, you need to submit a livestock report this year. Even if you no longer own livestock. This is the only way to update our records.

Montana livestock fees are charged per capita, meaning you pay the fee for each animal. Below is the breakdown of fees by livestock type.



Livestock per capita fees help fund Department of Livestock programs used for: monitoring animal health, monitoring and restricting livestock imports, tracking animal movements, preventing and investigating livestock theft and managing predators.

It should also be noted that livestock per capita fees must be paid in order for producer applying for livestock loss payments to receive their checks.



Northern Ag Network/MT Dept. of Revenue

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