Livestock Bill of Sale Forms by State

What Is a Livestock Bill of Sale?

A Livestock Bill of Sale is a bill or slip of sale that allows a seller and a buyer to perform a legal transfer of ownership over any farm animals, such as cattle, fowl, horses, etc. The main purpose of this form is to define the terms of the deal. This can include the sales date and the condition of the sold animal which better protects both the seller and the buyer from any legal charges in the case of a property dispute. The buyer is allowed to examine the health of the livestock they plan to purchase after the agreement is concluded and before the date of sale.

Alternate Names:

  • Bill of Sale for Livestock;
  • Animal Bill of Sale.

The Bill of Sale for Livestock is a type of bill that helps govern sales of any items on U.S. soil except for motorized vehicles, boats, and firearms. These sales are regulated by the Vehicle Bill of Sale, Boat Bill of Sale, and Firearm Bill of Sale respectively.

Some states have a government-released Livestock Bill of Sale which can be officially used across the state. Select your state from the list below to download the official form for your region:

Arizona California Colorado (Montezuma County)
Idaho Nebraska Nevada
New Mexico Washington State Wyoming

Delaware state authorities have issued a specific official Bill of Sale used strictly when buying or selling horses: Delaware Horse Bill of Sale (released by the Delaware Department of Agriculture).

In case you are puzzled on how to correctly write a sale bill, you can use our customizable Livestock Bill of Sale template or download a ready-made form from the link below:

This generic Bill of Sale for livestock details the transfer of possession of farm animals.

How to Write a Bill of Sale for Livestock?

You need to write a Bill of Sale for Livestock when you are either buying or selling any farm animals. As a buyer, you should always look for the details in the contract regarding the description of the animal. As a seller, you should provide an extensive description of the livestock which is to be sold, mentioning their health condition and other details.

Here is a list of things that should be included in a basic Livestock Bill of Sale:

  • Date of sale;
  • Buyer’s and seller’s names and addresses;
  • Description of animals. This can include the following:
    • Condition
    • Health
    • Number
    • Age
    • Weight
    • Brand
    • Breed\Color
    • Vaccinations
    • Other relevant information;
    • Final purchase price;
    • Signatures of the seller and buyer.

A sale slip may also differ depending on the additional conditions of the deal that are being made. They can be absolute, conditional, quitclaim, and warranty sale slips or bills. The differences can be seen more clearly here:

  1. An absolute sale slip is used in sales that do not require any type of loan security;
  2. A conditional bill is used in sales acts stipulating any kind of loan security;
  3. A quitclaim bill is used in trades where a seller does not provide any guarantee that they have the right to sell a property;
  4. A sale slip with a warranty is used in trades where the seller guarantees that they are the owner of the property that is being sold and have the right to sell it.

The parties of the deal may also want to attach a Certificate of Acknowledgement to a bill of sale issued by a notary public which can serve as an additional certificate of insurance for the final sale terms. Copies of the bill should be given to all parties of the deal to resolve conflicts in the case of any disputes.

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A Delaware Horse Bill of Sale is a legal document used by the residents of Delaware to outline the details of the horse transfer from one party (the seller) to the other (the buyer).

This generic Bill of Sale for livestock details the transfer of possession of farm animals.

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