Tennessee’s livestock industry is diverse. Beef cattle and poultry are two of our top agricultural commodities and are significant economic drivers in our state. 

The Animal Health Division works to ensure a healthy, thriving livestock industry.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture partners with state and federal regulators, private veterinarians, and livestock associations to administer programs aimed at preventing, controlling, and eradicating certain infectious or communicable diseases of livestock and other domestic animals. Activities include administering eradication programs for brucellosis, tuberculosis, scrapie, and pseudorabies, along with the control program for equine infectious anemia.

The Department also enforces the laws and rules regulating interstate and intrastate movement of animals.