Meat & Milk InspectionMilk and Egg BureauFAQ

Milk & Egg Inspection Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I am interested in starting a dairy in Montana. What procedures do I need to follow and who do I contact?
Answer:

The best resource for your start into dairying is to contact the State Sanitarian for your area, found here: Sanitarian District Map.  In addition, please see the documents below for guidance.  Some of the requirements you will need to meet before receiving a dairy license are:

  • Submission of detailed construction plans
  • Coliform testing of your water supply
  • Submission of an equipment list, all of which must adhere to 3-A standards
  • Tuberculosis testing of your milking herd

Your Sanitarian will be available to help you through the process and ensure all requirements are met prior to licensing.

Potential Dairy Producers memo

PMO Selection for Dairy Producers

   
Question: I am interested in selling eggs in Montana. What procedures do I need to follow and who do I contact?
Answer:

If you are simply selling excess eggs from your backyard flock to friends and neighbors, directly from your farm or home -- good news - no license is needed!  If, however, you want to sell your eggs where they will be resold at retail (i.e. a grocery store, cafe, etc.) or if you are selling more than 25 cases (30 dozen/case) a month, then you need to get an egg grading license.  All the information you need to obtain your license is found in the documents below, including the equipment you will need.  When you are ready to be tested to get your license, contact the State Sanitarian for your area, who can be found here: Sanitarian District Map

As always, your Sanitarian will be available to help you through the process and ensure all requirements are met prior to licensing.

General Egg Information -- Start Here

Official Egg Grading Manual

Egg Handling (ATTRA)

Montana Code

New Service Bulletin (Clorox)

Salmonella

Milk & Egg Bureau

Contact Information

Department of Livestock
Milk & Egg Bureau
PO Box 202001
Helena, Montana 59620-2001
(406) 444-9761
Email

Helena Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.