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Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Deer Processor's Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone in Nova Scotia who wants to engage in the business of slaughtering deer, and the processing of venison, velvet and other deer farm products, for wholesale and / or retail markets.

Note: This licence covers only four deer species: elk, red deer, sika deer and fallow deer.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Michael Kittilsen
Resource Management Coordinator
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Tel: 902-956-2707
Fax: 902-893-2757
Office Location:
74 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Mailing Address:
74 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Application Forms & Process:

An application form can be obtained from the Food Safety Section of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. When completed, it is submitted to the Department.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the licence will be sent to the processor by mail.

Waiting Period:
  10 business days
provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry & Renewal:
  This licence is valid for a given calendar year. It is renewable and the renewal time is January 1. The Department will send a renewal form to the licence holder before the licence expires.
  Application Fee: 124.57 plus HST
Related Requirements:
  Facilities and premises: Licensed Deer Processors must meet the minimum inspection standards of the provincial meat inspection program (See the Meat Slaughtering and Processing Licence ).
Additional Information:
  1. Licensed Deer Processors must keep an accurate inventory of animals slaughtered and processed, and sale of product. Copies of inventory may be requested by Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Nova Scotia Department Natural Resources.

  2. The processing plant itself must be licensed prior to issuing a Deer Processing License.
Legislative Authority:
  Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504, Section 113

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