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How to Read a Brand or Earmark

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

Quarter circle Z stacked
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 ear Under half crop right ear
Swallow fork left ear Under slope right ear
Crop left ear Slit left ear
Hole left ear Under seven right ear