Riding in Montana
Bringing Hay to Montana
If you bring your weed free hay into the state, you must have an "Original Transit Certificate" issued by the state agency from the state in which the hay was produced! What this means is that if you want to bring your hay with you, you will have to make arrangements with your hay provider ahead of time before you pick up your hay.
The seller has to fill in paperwork on the sale and submit it to the state agency and have them issue the Transit Certificate and return mail it to him for his signature and for him to hand over to you when you pick up the hay. You need to allow a minimum of one week for the certificate to be mailed out.
In Minnesota, the state agency is the MN Crop Improvement Assn (MCIA), and they have forms available for us MN producers to use. If your hay producer is not familiar with this procedure ask him to contact MCIA at 1-800-510-MCIA about the proper forms. Or give me, Russ Wright a call at 507-775-2512 if you have other questions.
When travelling in Montana, weed free hay can be purchased in just about any town. All you have to do is ask a local person at the gas station or restaurant. Most hardware or fleet farm type stores sell weed free hay and/or hay cubes, so people shouldn't think they need to carry enough hay for the entire visit.
Also Brand inspections ARE required. You can get a limited 2 week brand inspection from just about any local law enforcement official, or stop at a livestock yard during regular business hours and they will help you get a lifetime inspection.
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