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Livestock Equipment


Livestock Minimum Requirements
Premises Registration
Cost Share
$3,500 Maximum
Cattle - 30 Head
Goats/Sheep - 50 Head

BQA - Beef and Dairy
Permit - Dairy

Standard 35%
Cost Share
Master 50%
Cost Share

Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during
the last 12 months.

Reimbursement packet supersedes application information

Improve long term livestock husbandry and management capabilities and enhance farm safety

Application Period

Reimbursement Deadline
Dec. 1, 2015
GUIDELINES: use application A to apply - pages 21 - 23 in printed application, application A instructions
A. Eligible Items - Dairy, Beef, Goats/Sheep
    1. Head gate and/or neck extenders*
    2. Squeeze chute* (concrete to level–optional)
    3. Carriage*
    4. Palpation cage*
    5. Animal scale (concrete to level–optional)
      Single or multiple animal scales used for commerce must be state certified
    6. Hoof trimming table or chute
    7. Hay ring and/or cone insert
    8. Slant bar hay feeding wagon
    9. Pasture sprayers (must meet all of the following specifications to be eligible)
      a. Minimum tank capacity: 100 gal.
      b. Minimum pump output: 20 gal. per minute
      c. PTO or hydraulically driven roller or centrifugal pump
      Air-blast sprayers - not eligible
    10. Covered mineral feeders (stand alone and ground only) - insecticide and/or oil applicator combinations are not eligible
    11. Feed bins - min. bin capacity/4 dry tons, stationary only (concrete pad–optional)
    12. Unload auger for feed bin (max. 29 ft. length)
    13. Creep feeder and/or panels
    14. Bunk feeders-concrete formed and/or steel (concrete to level-optional) plastic not eligible
    15. Automatic cube pellet feeders
    16. EID, portable and/or panel readers
    1. Headlock stanchions and/or palpation rails
    2. Tubular gates for Livestock Management only
    3. Portable corral panels (including gate-in-frames)* for Livestock Management only
    4. Maternity pen kit - max. size per pen 15’x15’
    5. Alleyway* (single animal wide)
    6. Crowding tub* (includes Bud box)
    7. Loading chute*
    8. Curved or offset working chute*
    9. Holding pen
      a. Requirements
      • Securely attached to a handling, working or loading system
      • Completely enclosed perimeter - stand alone sides not eligible
      See ineligible Item 8.
      • Maximum size: 30,000 sq. ft.

(Items 21 - 25)
Working system guidelines

• Must conform to the individual item description & requirements
• Eligible components and materials include:
• Items # 18 + 19*
• Guard rail*
• Alley panels*, Alley frames*
• Rolling block doors*, backstops*
• Add-on alley sheets
• Wire stockade or bull panels
(1 to 6 gauge)
• Lumber - boards and/or posts
• Metal posts - includes I-beams, piping and/or T-posts
• Concrete for setting posts


B. Dairy Only Eligible Items - Dairy producers can also purchase items listed in section A
    1. Commercial water heater1
    2. Water sterilization equipment
    3. Plate exchanger for cooling
    4. Milk vacuum pump
    5. Milker pulsation equipment
    6. Vacuum system regulators
    1. Vacuum gauges
    2. Milk pipeline system2
    3. Milking equipment service contract3
    4. Antibiotic and mastitis testing for on
      farm use4
    5. Milk quality lab analyses
D. Goats/Sheep Only Items - Goats/Sheep producers can also purchase items in section A
    1. Kidding/lambing pen, max. size per pen, 144 sq. ft. (12x12)
    2. Fitting stand/hoof trimming table or chute
    3. Tilt/roll table (concrete to level-optional)
    4. Sheep shears - min. 3 inch wide head - min. 2000 RPM
Ineligible Items
    1. Air blast sprayers
    2. Calf hutches
    3. Concrete, except where noted
    4. Delivery charges
    5. Ear tags, taggers or software
    6. Electrical servic - materials/labor
    7. Fans
    8. Fencing - barbed wire, electric, high tensile, woven wire - or any stand alone fences
    9. Fuel
    10. Geo-textile
    11. GPS
    12. Grain transport augers - See Grain Storage
    13. Gravel
    14. Hay un-rollers
    15. Hoof trimmers
    1. Labor of any type
    2. Liquid handling systems
    3. Manure spreaders - See Livestock Feed Storage
    4. Mobile feed bins & gravity wagons
    5. Overhead coverings or roofing materials for working facilities equipment - See Livestock Working Facility Cover program
    6. Plastic feed bunks/troughs
    7. Semen tanks - See Genetics
    8. Tanks
    9. Used equipment and used materials unless otherwise noted
    10. Wagons and trailers
    11. Watering systems, fencing and high traffic areas - contact the Soil Conservation District office in your county to apply for cost share assistance on these practices
    12. Weed wipers

1 Water heaters must be capable of maintaining a water temperature of 165 degrees
2 Includes but not limited to automatic washer/sanitizing unit, clean in-place unit, washers, milker claws (units), vertical wash vat, monitoring systems
3 Milking equipment service contracts must be no longer than a 12 month period
4 Cow-side tests including incubator or heater block and test kits and subclinical mastitis detectors

Only items where (*) is indicated may be new or used. Used items must be:

  • In excellent working condition
  • No excessive rust
  • Functional soundness
  • Reasonable market price
For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email
Application A
Premises Registration