Brand Registration (8/4/2011)




More than 100,000 livestock brands are registered in Texas, and unless they're properly re-registered soon, another rancher may claim them as his own. Bill McLean reports.



Investigators with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association say the best way to keep your cattle from being stolen is to brand them and register the brand with the county clerk's office. Special Ranger Doug Hutchison says the once-a-decade registration period runs from August 30th to February 29th. He urges ranchers to re-register their unique brands during this window or that brand will be up for grabs by someone else. Hutchison says there's no better way to protect your investment.



:12 - In essence, it's putting a VIN number ... just like on your car ... on your cattle. I've recovered cattle that weren't branded, but we really worked extra, extra hard to get those cattle back and sometimes we just can't prove it.



The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association cooperates with county clerks statewide to maintain brand records. Ranchers can contact the association or local county clerk offices to find out more.



In Austin, I'm Bill McLean.

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