Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Contact phone number: 801-538-7137

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Brand inspection for cattle is required in the state of Utah under the following circumstances:

Required Exceptions
Before moving cattle out of state, whether or not a change of ownership is involved Cattle foraging on an open range that transgresses the Utah state line and that of an adjoining state
Before selling cattle at auction No Exceptions
Before slaughter Persons may slaughter cattle for their own use on their own property without an inspection
When selling cattle by private treaty Baby dairy calves less than 60 days of age sold from the farm of origin


Please call your local Brand Inspector at least 24 hours in advance to schedule an inspection. Brand inspections are conducted only during daylight hours.

Transportation Rule - Owner/Transporter must have an official Brand Inspection Certificate or other acceptable proof of ownership in his/her possession.


Type of Fee Fee Per Head
Brand Inspection $0.75
Beef Promotion (cattle only) $1.50
Predator (cattle only) $0.25
Annual Permit 
Valid for multiple trips out of state, for calendar year only.
Minimum Charge per Certificate $10.00


Change of Ownership
Cattle will remain in Utah -
Brand Inspection, Beef Promotion, and Predator fees are charged.
$2.50 per head x number inspected
Cattle will be shipped out of state -
Brand Inspection, Beef Promotion, and Predator fees are charged.
$2.50 per head x number inspected
No Change of Ownership
Cattle will be shipped out of state - Only the Brand Inspection fee is charged. $0.75 per head x number inspected

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Utah Lake Algal Bloom Map 2017

How Do I Know if I Have A Toxic Bloom?


You can’t know for certain unless you have the water tested.  However, look for these differences between cyanobacteria and non-toxic green algae:


  • Cyanobacteria looks like pea soup, an oil slick, or like someone placed dye in the water. Cyanobacteria is potentially toxic under the right conditions (See right).


  • Filamentous (non-toxic) green algae often looks like a mass of green hair on the water (see below).


Links To Other Identification Resources

Field Guide to Algae (from Kentucky)



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