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USDA - APHIS - Animal Health - Veterinary Services - Center For Animal Health - Livestock Appraisal-Indemnity-Compensation Section

Livestock Appraisal, Indemnity & Compensation

Determining livestock appraisal values, developing appropriate indemnity rates, and assisting with overall livestock compensation policy and regulation are activities of APHIS' Appraisal-Indemnity-Compensation Specialist (AICS). Included in this work is the training of APHIS employees in the art and science of appraisal and assisting them when they are called upon to valuate livestock. Also the AICS provides guidelines for private appraisers to follow whenever doing appraisal work for APHIS.

Livestock Grading Guidelines

Appraisal Training Materials

The next appraisal training class (for federal and state employees only) is August 24-26, 2010 in Kansas City, MO. Sign-up via Ag-Learn. Material from the previous class is presented below.

Guidelines for Private Appraisers

If you are a private appraiser, carefully review these guidelines. Typically, private appraisers write summary reports. APHIS desires a self-contained report and summary reports will not be accepted. If you have any questions what makes for an acceptable appraisal report, contact the AICS.

Other Appraisal Documents

These items provide additional insight into livestock appraisal, indemnity, and compensation.


For APHIS Employees Only

Inside APHIS Appraisal Values currently contains appraisal values for poultry and dairy. (More are being developed.) The date connected with each file is the date of the data upon which the values are based.


Dr. Stephen L. Ott has served as APHIS' only AICS since 2003. Dr. Ott grew up on a dairy/beef finishing/crops farm in central Michigan. He earned is B.S. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Ohio State University. Dr. Ott has successfully completed both the Basic and Advanced appraisal training courses offered by the American Society of Agricultural Appraisers. Besides having appraised traditional livestock (e.g. cattle, sheep, swine, and poultry) for APHIS, Dr. Ott has appraised exotic animals (i.e. elk, deer, bucking bulls, koi and goldfish). If you have any questions concerning livestock appraisal, indemnity, or compensation please contact Dr. Ott at:

Building B, Mail Stop 2E5
2150 Centre Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117

office phone: 970-494-7239
cell phone: 970-217-2359
email: Stephen.L.Ott@aphis.usda.gov