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Grass Fed Small & Very Small Producer Program (SVS)

Agricultural Marketing Service


The USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small (SVS) Producers was designed to create opportunities for small-scale livestock producers who would like to have their ruminant animals certified as grass fed. Producers certified under this program receive a certificate that allows them to market cattle and sheep as USDA Certified grass-fed.



This program, is designed for producers who market 49 cattle or less each year or lambs produced from 99 ewes or less.

This program requires that ruminant animals be fed only grass and forage, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. Animals certified under this program cannot be fed grain or grain by-products and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season.

The “49 cattle or less” or “lambs produced from 99 or less ewes” rule is based upon the smallest groups identified in the Census of Agriculture.


Cost of the Service: The set fee for the review is $150.00.

Duration of the approval: Two year period.


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Updated January 28, 2022

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