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Animal agriculture in Utah represents the single largest sector of farm income in Utah. At a value of more than $1 billion, and with 25 of the state’s 29 counties reporting livestock as the dominant agricultural sector, the UDAF spends considerable energy maintaining a healthy and prosperous industry, and reporting our actions to Utah citizens.

The various programs listed here offer services that: protect Utah livestock from, and reduce the effects of foreign and domestic diseases; increase the market value of Utah livestock; promote and ensure animal health and productivity; protect human health; and prepare for and respond to emergency situations involving animals.

UDAF is pleased to welcome the addition of Robyn Christiansen to the Utah Horse Racing Commission Board. She’s the first female member on the board and she brings a lifetime of horsemanship experience to the board.

Robyn has over fifteen years of experience training race horses and is a member of the Washington County Barrel Racing Association and Southern Utah Barrel Racing Association. She brings her passion and love of horses to her work as an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association)-certified Equine Specialist with Falcon Ridge Ranch helping young girls overcome adversity. 

Robyn believes “there’s nothing better than being on the rail with a horse at 5-6am with the smell of grain and feed in the air” and hopes to see horse racing continue in Southern Utah where she lives near the foot of Zion in Virgin, Utah.

Statement regarding Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza discovered in Utah, California, Oregon, and Washington and resource material for poultry owners to prevent its spread.
USDA website for keeping birds healthy.

Avian Influenza Safeguards brochure for Utah bird owners.