Livestock Identification Services (LIS) has been given provincial approval to increase its cattle inspection fee to $1.50 per head from the current $1.25 per head. This fee increase is just the second in 24 years and was “supported by all sectors of the cattle industry.”
Fees in both B.C. ($1.80/head) and Saskatchewan ($2.75/head) are higher. The increase takes effect Nov. 1. Inspection fees for horses are unchanged.
The inspection fee, last raised in 2012, did not cover the agency’s operating costs and was “negatively impacting” its ability to carry out its duties, said LIS.