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Ownership Inspection
aka Brand Inspection
Required for cattle under most circumstances.

Livestock inspectors
Sixty-seven part-time and six full-time livestock brand inspectors around the state have three main tasks:
  • confirm proper ownership of cattle before they are sold (private sale or auction market), shipped out of state, or sent to slaughter.
  • confirm proper ownership of horses at auction markets, prior to out of state shipment  or sent to slaughter. [Ownership inspection is recommended but not required when horses are sold.]
  • respond to reports of stolen, lost, or "found" livestock. You may use the links in left column to make a report by e-mail.

Call your brand inspector
Call your brand inspector
  • to report lost or stolen livestock as soon as you discover the loss.
  • to report found or "estray" livestock within 5 days.
  • to schedule an ownership inspection for cattle or horses.
To report lost or stolen livestock
To report found or estray livestock
When is ownership inspection required for Cattle?   Horses?
What does ownership inspection cost for Cattle?   Horses?
International stolen animal database

Livestock transportation book
Livestock Transportation Handbook- Created for use by law enforcement officials, this Handbook gives an overview of livestock transportation requirements for horses and cattle. (These are pdf files and may take a while to download.)