Animal husbandrry licenses in Indiana are set to go into effect Jan. 1, a year ahead of schedule, the state’s Department of Agriculture said Monday.
The department will now allow any animal husbandrery license applicant to raise up to 50 goats or up to 100 cattle on their own property, the first step toward expanding the state to a larger variety of livestock, said Bill Jones, director of the department’s licensing division.
“It’s a huge milestone,” Jones said.
The licensees must pay $75 a goat, $35 for a cow and $20 for a herd of cattle.
An applicant will also need to demonstrate the number of goats and cattle they intend to raise.
The licensing plan will go into place Jan. 5, Jones said, adding that the department expects to have the licensees in place by June.
The state already has two licensed animal husbandricers: the Indiana SPCA and the Humane Society of the United States.
The SPCa licensed 1,000 animals in 2017, the Humane SPCavied 2,500 animals in 2018 and the Indianapolis SPCas 5,000 in 2019.
The Indiana Animal Husbandry Board, which oversees the licensing process, is set to release the plan Monday.
It’s the latest move in the licensing system in Indiana, which has the third-highest rate of euthanasia in the nation.
The plan is being rolled out in three phases.
The first phase will begin with the first 50 licenses, followed by the next five licenses.
The last two phases will be phased in, with the license holders getting the opportunity to raise their own animals.
The new licensing system is the first to allow a non-profit to offer the ability to breed and sell animals, according to the SPCAs executive director, Michael Eaves.
Eaves said the Spcas goal is to allow people to bring their own pets into the community, allowing them to better connect with their neighbors and make them more comfortable.
Everson said it’s a common misconception that animal husbandries are just for big businesses and that they have no place in society.
“I think it’s really about community and a lot of people don’t understand the connection between a family and a community,” Everson told The Associated Press.
“It’s really a way to bond.”
Animal husbandry is a niche market that’s growing in popularity across the U.S., but there is a stigma attached to the practice, which involves killing animals for meat.
The practice is illegal in most other U.K. states.
Eves said that while the number is decreasing, animal husbandrisers are still the most profitable business in the industry, with a median revenue of more than $50 million annually.
Eiverson said he hopes that this new licensing model will help to educate people about animal husbandrying and will help increase awareness among the public about the issue.
“It really helps to put a face on this issue,” Eiverson told the AP.