Cattle Owners Association Law and Legal Definition

A cattle owners association may be provided for by state statute to allow owners of livestock to collectively promote their industries and formulate policies for breeding and marketing of cattle and their products. In light of the mad cow disease scare, there is heightened public awareness about the health threats posed and need for safety regulations and testing of cattle.

The following is an example of a state statute authorizing the formation of a cattle owners association:

" It is hereby declared to be in the interest of the public welfare that owners of cattle shall be authorized and encouraged to act jointly and in cooperation with handlers, dealers and purchasers of cattle and with the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries and with the State Board of Agriculture and Industries in promoting and stimulating, by research, education, advertising and other methods, the increased and efficient production, distribution, use and sale of cattle and beef products, and it is the intent and purpose of this article to authorize and provide a method and procedure for a promotional program for the cattle industry and the financing thereof pursuant to powers conferred upon the Legislature...".