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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Livestock Inspections continue through November and December

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Livestock Inspections are continuing throughout the month of November and December. In addition to Natural Resources Officer Joshua Kimball’s duties as they relate to Marine Patrol, Fish and Game, Animal Control and his Police Officer duties, Ofc. Kimball is also the Inspector of Animals/Livestock Agent for both Cohasset and Norwell. He completes Livestock Inspections yearly in November and December, at each facility. 

If you have livestock (poultry, swine, equine, cattle, etc.,) you are required to have an inspection yearly. This is a requirement for both commercial and residential/hobby facilities and there is no minimum requirement for numbers of animals. 

Reasons for inspections: 

1. Census of the domestic livestock animal population of the town in the event of a natural disaster, emergency evacuation or in the event of an escaped animal running down the road.

2. To make sure that all of the animals appear to be in good health and free from disease. 

3. To observe animal housing and ensure ample food and water are supplied.

Between Cohasset and Norwell there are well over 100 facilities to inspect within a 2-month period. There are over 500 chickens, 100 horses, 150 cattle, and many peacocks, swine, alpacas, mules and sheep, along with other domestic livestock between the towns of Cohasset and Norwell. 

Throughout the year, Officer Kimball also issues and enforces quarantines for domestic household animals through the Rabies Control program for both towns. 

Officer Kimball is also required to check ear tag numbers and the date of arrival of cattle from out of state. He reports this information on a Cattle and Llama Permit which is forwarded to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Furthermore, he may be called to assist with other domestic animal disease quarantines in the event of an outbreak. 

If you have livestock, and have not had an inspection in the past, please reach out to Officer Joshua Kimball at 781-383-1055 ext. 6125 or by e-mail, 

Joshua Kimball Photo (JPG)Photo of livestock (JPG) 

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