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01/31/2018

Agriculture Department Says Livestock Sellers Using Maryland Auction Barn May File Claims following Nonpayment

Unpaid sellers using Westminster Livestock Auction have 60 days following sale to file claim

 

Harrisburg, PA - After receiving reports that some Pennsylvania livestock producers have not received payments for animals sold through the Westminster Livestock Auction in Westminster, Maryland, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today provided contact information for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where those producers may file a claim.

“Over the past week, we’ve received complaints from some livestock producers who sold at the Westminster auction barn that they have not been paid,” said Redding. “We have passed that information on to USDA, who advise us that any affected producer should file a claim with their agency as soon as possible. USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Division has jurisdiction on this matter, and they stress that time is of the essence.”

Unpaid livestock sellers have 60 days from the date of the transaction to file a valid claim. Packers, market agencies, and dealers are all subject to the Packers and Stockyards Act, which requires them to pay promptly for all livestock they purchase.

Instructions on how to file a bond claim are available through USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service website.

To file a claim, contact the Eastern Regional Office of the Packers and Stockyards Division, part of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Fair Trade Practices Program, at 404-562-5840 or toll-free at 1-800-998-3447, or visit www.ams.usda.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Will Nichols - 717.787.5085

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