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Old 04-29-2012, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a breeder wanting to purchase from me, and I'd love to sell to her, but I'm trying to learn a little more about her first before I agree to anything. She gave me her USDA number but I can't seem to find it connected to anyone. I'm wondering if I'm looking it up wrong? Every time I try to look it up it says there's no record of it. I don't mind selling to small breeders that don't have USDA licenses as long as they have under 3 females, but she's got enough to need one, and now that she's told me she has a number, I'd like to make sure it's a valid one and see the inspection record and stuff. How do I look this up??? I haven't sold to any other breeders in the past because there are no other reputable breeders in my state and I don't ship, but she would be driving in from out of state... Hence why I'm so unfamiliar with the process.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't you look up under her name or business name, rather than the number?
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd also suggest calling, if there's a number on the USDA site. I remember browsing through there out of curiosity and noticed a lack of ones that should be there - my assumption is that the system that's accessible online might not be fully up to date. Keep in mind that even with a USDA license and no problems on an inspection record, they still might be sketchy. Ask lots of questions before you commit to selling to her.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Having issues looking up a USDA number...

Have you tried the old search engine? I've run into issues with the new one sometime. I tried looking up someones name and even by their USDA # and couldn't find them, but if I searched by state only they popped up. The old engine didn't give me that issue.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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FOUND IT!! Thank you, I just looked up the whole state and looked through it. I do realize that a USDA license doesn't necessarily make a good breeder, but it does help me have more confidence in her that she's telling the truth about her number, I was concerned there for a minute. I'm going to be asking lots of questions, as I already have, but she's checked out okay so far!
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