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Livestock and Animal Scales

This 3 day seminar will teach students how to properly inspect and test livestock and animal scales, i.e., perform an official examination by properly applying all applicable NIST Handbook 44 requirements, which are outlined in NIST EPOs 12 and 12E. The sessions will include formal lecture, class discussion, group exercises, audio-visual presentations, and some hands-on practice.

Learning Objectives:

After this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Correctly APPLY requirements and procedures outlined in NIST EPO 12 and 12E
  • UNDERSTAND and CONDUCT official examinations (inspection and tests) using all appropriate NIST Handbook 44 requirements and requirements from the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) on livestock and animal scales
  • INTERPRET scale test results

Technology Requirement(s):

Students may elect to bring a calculator for basic arithmetic calculations.

Materials & Supplies:

A course manual and class materials will be provided.


There are no prerequisites for this class.


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Minimum Requirement(s):

Students must be in attendance for the entire class, participate in all group activities that are planned, and achieve a score of 70 percent or higher on a final exam, which will be administered on the last day of the class. Students who do not fulfill these requirements will not receive a certificate of completion.


State weights and measures field officials, local enforcement officials, and service agents.


There is no registration fee for this training seminar. However, participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


John Barton
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 4002
E-mail: john.barton [at] (john[dot]barton[at]nist[dot]gov)


NIST Office of Weights and Measures
Tennessee Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures

Class Size: 25 participants

Class No. 5369

Event Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Created January 8, 2015, Updated May 13, 2016