According to Montana state law (15-24-921, MCA), 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.”
You must report:
- All swine, poultry, and honey bees
- All other livestock at least nine months as of February 1
Montana livestock fees are charged per capita, meaning you pay the fee for each animal.
|Livestock Type||Fee Per Head
|Horses, mules, asses, ponies, donkeys, and burros||$5.85
|Cattle, including cows, bulls, yearlings, and heifer and steer calves at least nine months old||$2.29
|Swine over three months||$0.78
|Poultry, including chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and other domestic birds raised for food||$0.05
|Honey bees||$0.41 per hive
|Alternative livestock, including privately owned caribou, mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, moose, antelope, mountain sheep, and mountain goats indigenous to Montana||$26.33
|Ostriches, rheas, and emus||$9.73
|Llamas and Alpacas||$9.73
The Board of Livestock sets the per capita fee rates.
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
- Managing predators
Some counties also collect a fee to fund Predatory Animal Control (PAC).
County treasurers use the cattle and sheep head counts you sent to us to collect these fees on personal and or property tax bills.