Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

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(801) 538-7166
(801) 538-7169 fax

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(801) 538-7142

Utah's brand inspectors have five main tasks:

  • Verify proper ownership of livestock before they are sold, shipped out of state, or sent to slaughter.
  • Verify proper ownership of horses and other equidae before they are sold, shipped out of state, or sent to slaughter.
  • Respond to reports of lost, found, or stolen livestock.
  • Inspect and license elk ranches and hunting parks.
  • Inspect and license farm custom slaughter facilities.

 

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(801) 538-7137
(801) 538-7169 fax

To determine the letter or character under which a brand is filed or said, it should be read from left to right (straight away), top to bottom (stacked), or outside to inside.

Some examples are:

two lazy two brand
Two lazy two
quarter circle z stacked brand
Quarter circle Z stacked
circle t brand
Circle T

Cattle earmarks are registered by district rather than statewide. The same application process is followed to register an earmark. Sheep earmarks are recorded statewide. Recordable earmarks are described below:

underbit right earUnderbit right ear under half crop right earUnder half crop right ear
swallow fork left earSwallow fork left ear under slope right earUnder slope right ear
crop left earCrop left ear slit left earSlit left ear
hole left earHole left ear under seven right earUnder seven right ear

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The first step in recording a cattle, horse, or sheep brand in Utah is to decide upon a brand image. We have thousands of images already in our master catalog you may choose from or you may come up with something new and original. The best rule to follow is to keep the image simple; that way it is easier to read, and less painful for the animal.

Brands are recorded statewide, by position. There are six positions that the same image can be recorded for cattle and horses: left hip, left ribs, left shoulder, right hip, right ribs or right shoulder. On sheep there are three positions: withers, center back or rump. There can be a different owner for each position using the same brand image. Utah has no size requirement for brands, but it is recommended that they be between 2 and 4 inches in height.

Cattle and sheep must be branded only if they forage on open range (Government land), although it is recommended that all livestock be branded to prevent estrays and theft. If ownership changes, cattle must be rebranded with the new owner's brand within 30 days. Branding of horses is not required, but is recommended. Hogs are not required to be branded.

A brand application must be submitted to the Department of Agriculture and Food along with a $75.00 registration fee for each position that is being registered. The application can be submitted online or by using this form. After the application has been processed and the brand approved you will receive a brand card in the mail. Brands must be approved before you begin using them. Brands are renewed statewide every five years, with the next brand renewal taking place in 2015.

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(801) 538-7166
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(801) 538-7142

It is the mission of the Livestock Inspection Bureau to provide quality, cost efficient, timely, and courteous service to the livestock men and women of the state, in an effort to protect the cattle and horse industry.

Brand Inspections and Ownership

 

Lifetime Horse Travel Permit

Missing or Stolen Livestock

 

Livestock Brand Recording

 

Utah Code and Administrative Rules Relating to Brand Inspection

 

General Information

 

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(801) 538-7166
(801) 538-7198 fax

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(801) 538-7142

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Brand Recorder
(801) 538-7137

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

NOTE: Please call the full time inspector for your area first, then try part time or back up inspectors.

County

Inspector

Status

Location

State

Phone

Beaver Thane Marshall Full Time Minersville UT 435-691-0318
Floyd Yardley Back Up Beaver UT 435-438-2657
Box Elder Shawn Judkins Full Time Garland UT 435-720-3217
Troy Higgs Full Time Willard UT 801-499-7762
Rodney Arbon Part Time Snowville UT 435-279-7656
Vern Kempton Part Time Malta ID 435-827-5724
Randee Munns Part Time Garland UT 435-279-5517
Vonda Blanthorn Part Time Grouse Creek UT 435-747-7127
Flint Pugsley Part Time Park Valley UT 435-230-2563
Cache Matt Bailey (Supervisor) Full Time Wellsville UT 435-760-7015
Chris Chambers Full Time Smithfield UT 435-760-7016
Carbon Paula Butcher Part Time Price UT 435-637-3033
Daggett Kevin Behunin Part Time Fort Bridger WY 307-780-8291
Scott Slagowski Part Time Green River  WY 307-870-6565
Davis Troy Higgs Full Time Willard UT 801-499-7762
Mike Warner Full Time Pine Canyon UT 435-841-9105
Duchesne Max Jensen Full Time Altonah UT 435-630-1507
Emery Tammy Duncan Part Time Ferron UT 435-749-0010
Terry Coppin Part Time Green River UT 435-820-6206
Garfield Robert Haws Part Time Escalante UT 435-826-4859
Greg Excell Back Up Panguitch UT 435-676-8079
Grand Len Sorensen Full Time Moab UT 435-259-8710
Iron Thane Marshall Full Time Minersville UT 435-691-0318
Jeff Alger Back Up Cedar City UT 435-559-1087
Juab Dave Oberhansley (Supervisor) Full Time Birdseye UT 801-380-4913 C
801-873-3308 H
Sharon Neves Full Time Spanish Fork UT 801-380-4912
Dennis Timm Part Time Callao UT 435-693-3133
Kane Julia Christensen Full Time Washington UT 435-680-1480
Raymon Christensen Part Time Moccasin AZ 928-643-7471
Millard Shann Finlinson Full Time Leamington UT 435-406-5051
Ross Johnson Part Time Holden UT 435-795-2285
Gail Martin Part Time Scipio UT 435-758-2678
Morgan Troy Higgs Full Time Willard UT 801-499-7762
Vacant Part Time   UT 435-201-1113
Lew Woolsey Backup Coalville UT 801-695-6898
Piute Paul Morgan Part Time Circleville UT 435-577-2860
Rich Hugh Holman Part Time Woodruff UT 801-510-6822 C 435-793-4395 H
Justine Wilson Full Time Randolph UT 435-695-3929
Justin Peterson Part Time Laketown UT 435-994-0322
Salt Lake Suzanne Butler Full Time Eagle Mountain UT 801-520-4288
Doug Hogan Back Up Bluffdale UT 801-254-5392
San Juan Wayne Black Full Time Blanding UT 435-419-0021
Jim Keyes Back Up Monticello UT 435-587-2237
Sanpete Dave Oberhansley (Supervisor) Full Time Birdseye UT 801-380-4913 C
801-873-3308 H
Dell Jensen Part Time Chester UT 435-469-0296
Sevier Shyrel Baker (Supervisor) Full Time Salina UT 435-979-5339
Don Lindsay Full Time Venice UT 435-979-6114
Shane Wilcox Back Up Salina UT 435-979-2600
Summit Louis Stevens Part Time Coalville UT 435-201-1113
Lew Woolsey Backup Coalville UT 801-695-6898
Tooele Mike Warner Full Time Pine Canyon UT 435-841-9105
Duane Hicks Part Time Ibapah UT 435-234-1123
Uintah Kyla Wilkins Full Time Jensen UT 435-630-1253
Max Jensen Part Time Altonah UT 435-823-2464
Ritchie Anderson Back Up Vernal UT 435-789-8405
Utah Dave Oberhansley (Supervisor) Full Time Birdseye UT 801-380-4913
Sharon Neves Full Time Spanish Fork UT 801-380-4912
Greg Price Back Up Spanish Fork UT 801-798-1702
Wasatch Louis Stevens Part Time Coalville UT 435-201-1113
Lew Woolsey Backup Coalville UT 801-695-6898
Washington Julia Christensen Full Time Washington UT 435-680-1480
Dwight Iverson Back Up Washington UT 435-674-9530
Wayne Cathy Brian Part Time Loa UT 435-836-2693
Weber Troy Higgs Full Time Willard UT 801-499-7762