Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA.
We posted two stockyards. We determined that the stockyards meet the definition of a stockyard under the Packers and Stockyards Act and, therefore, needed to be posted. Posted stockyards are subject to the provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) administers and enforces the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, as amended and supplemented (7 U.S.C. 181-229) (P&S Act). The P&S Act prohibits unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practices by livestock market agencies, dealers, stockyard owners, meat packers, swine contractors, and live poultry dealers in the livestock, poultry, and meatpacking industries.
Section 302 of the P&S Act (7 U.S.C. 202) defines the term “stockyard” as follows:
* * * any place, establishment, or facility commonly known as stockyards, conducted, operated, or managed for profit or nonprofit as a public market for livestock producers, feeders, market agencies, and buyers, consisting of pens, or other inclosures, and their appurtenances, in which live cattle, sheep, swine, horses, mules, or goats are received, held, or kept for sale or shipment in commerce.
Section 302(b) of the P&S Act requires the Secretary to determine which stockyards meet this definition, and to notify the owner of the stockyard and the public of that determination by posting a notice in each designated stockyard. After giving notice to the stockyard owner and to the public, the stockyard remains subject to the provisions of Title III of the Packers and Stockyards Act (7 U.S.C. 201-203 and 205-217a) until the Secretary deposts the stockyard by public notice.
This document notifies the public that the following two stockyards meet the definition of stockyard and that we posted the stockyards. To post stockyards, we assign the stockyard a facility number, notify the owner of the stockyard facility, and send notices to the owner of the stockyard to post on display in public areas of the stockyard. The date of posting is the date on which the posting notices are physically displayed.
|Facility No.||Stockyard name and location||Date of posting|
|SC-159||Hendrix Horse Auction, Hartsville, South Carolina||April 8, 2002.|
|TX-346||Texas Cattle Exchange, Inc., Eastland, Texas||December 11, 2000.|
Dated: November 4, 2003.
Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
[FR Doc. 03-28063 Filed 11-6-03; 8:45 am]
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