Santa Claus riding on sleigh with gift box

Santa Claus riding on sleigh with gift box against snow falling on fir tree forest

Today, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg approved livestock movement papers for nine reindeer to spread Christmas cheer throughout Missouri. Mr. Santa Claus from The North Pole applied for the permit this week, providing proof of the healthy herd with a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Team leader, Rudolph, underwent additional testing to prove he’s the most famous reindeer of all.

“We are thrilled to see Santa recognize so many on his nice list throughout the Show Me State this year,” said Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Santa’s elves have been working year round to be sure they have enough toys for all children. We’re excited to do our part to make sure the holidays can be celebrated across Missouri.”

Missourians are urged to provide Mr. Claus with plenty of milk and cookies for his long journey as he moves across the world. The permit approves Mr. Claus, his sleigh and nine reindeer for flight starting the night before Christmas, with a few exceptions for early deliveries.

“Our goal in the Animal Health program is to facilitate the movement of healthy animals in a timely manner,” said Dr. Steve Strubberg. “As a veterinarian, I also recommended to Mr. Clause a healthy diet of Missouri grass hay for the reindeer’s long journey. I encourage Missouri farmers & ranchers to put some hay out on Christmas Eve in addition to their milk and cookies.”

Reindeer approved for flight:

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donner
  • Blitzen
  • Rudolph

Missouri agriculture is an $88.4 billion industry and remains the No. 1 economic driver in the Show Me State. To learn more, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov.

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