Livestock Trailer Regulations

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Livestock Trailer Regulations
Livestock, including cattle, must be transported with care (Heads of Cattle image by Rosie Black from

Unless you don't mind throwing your chickens, pigs or horses in the back seat, you're going to need a trailer to move your livestock. Federal regulations on trailers are meant to ensure both road and animal safety.

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Lights and Reflectors

According to Department of Transportation regulations, trailers must have tail, turn and stoplights on its rear. Trailers must also have red and amber reflectors on the rear and sides. Additional rules apply if trailers exceed 30 feet in length or 80 inches in width.

Livestock Health

The Animal Welfare Act states that livestock trailers should not allow exhaust fumes to enter. It also states that there should be plenty of ventilation to allow the animals to breathe, with openings on both sides of the trailer.

Trailer Structure

The AWA states that trailers and their primary enclosures must be strong enough to withstand transportation. Trailer floors should be solid to keep livestock waste from leaking out of the trailer. The trailers and enclosures must be easily accessible in case of emergency.

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