Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Brand Inspectors Recognized for Reducing Livestock Theft

The UDAF Brand Inspection Bureau received the Governor's Award for Excellence April 27, 2016 at the Utah State Capitol. The award for Outstanding Public Service is a result of a reduction in the number of missing livestock in Utah from a reported 728 head in 2013 to 253 head in 2015. That's a 65 percent reduction in two years.

Brand inspection vehicles are more visible than ever, Livestock surveillance signs are posted on fences and gates in range areas, and the bureau has conducted educational courses and seminars to interested audiences. Additionally, inspectors patrol range lands more than ever. The educational efforts and increased presence has resulted in fewer lost or stolen animals and a great working relationship with the ranching community.