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Cattle brands

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:45 pm
by uplandnut
I bought 2 cows this spring that have a brand on them. Never gave it much thought when I bought them but for some reason I just started wondering if there is anyway to see where those cows came from? some type of "cattle brand registry" ?

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:18 pm
by Workinonit Farm
There should be a registry, of sorts, in your state.

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:44 pm
by Rafter S
I don't know where you're located. In Texas they're registered at the county level, but in most (or maybe all) other states they're registered at the state level. Also in Texas and Oklahoma I believe the TSCRA keeps up with them. If you have a similar organization where you are they could probably help, or at least tell you which state agency to contact.

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:23 pm
by uplandnut
Thanks for the information. I will have to do some digging then. I doubt they are from the state I am in, Wisconsin, as you just don't see much branding here. Kind of figured they came from either one of the Dakotas or maybe Nebraska. No way of telling as they were bought at a sale barn. Just thought it would be interesting to see where they might have started out at.

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:32 pm
by callmefence
I would think the way to possibly find out the easiest would be to go to the local sale barn and talk to the brand inspector. He won't know em all but he'll know a bunch

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:36 pm
by Workinonit Farm
uplandnut wrote:Thanks for the information. I will have to do some digging then. I doubt they are from the state I am in, Wisconsin, as you just don't see much branding here. Kind of figured they came from either one of the Dakotas or maybe Nebraska. No way of telling as they were bought at a sale barn. Just thought it would be interesting to see where they might have started out at.


You could try a google-search of/for brands, and see where that takes you.

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:44 pm
by C-Ranch
Try your local brand inspector. He/She will have access to all the registered brands and if the cows came from another state He/She will probably know someone to check with.

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:06 pm
by ALACOWMAN
Unless their trader cattle,the stockyard could tell you where thy came from...

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:46 pm
by JW IN VA
Even Virginia has a brand registry.Maybe I should register mine.Still have the irons from way back when.Don't know who used them last.Dad never did.I don't plan to unless I freeze brand and it takes different irons

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:50 pm
by JW IN VA
Flying45.com or something like that has links to states

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:02 pm
by Workinonit Farm
JW IN VA wrote:Even Virginia has a brand registry.Maybe I should register mine.Still have the irons from way back when.Don't know who used them last.Dad never did.I don't plan to unless I freeze brand and it takes different irons


Waaayyyy back when, my husband's parents had their brand in MT. My BIL has the brands now, uses them as a decoration.

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:22 pm
by pdfangus
get a good photo of the brand and post it....

may be that someone here will recognize it...

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:49 am
by Dave
The trouble is that without know which state they came from it will be difficult to track them down. My brand (N) registered here in Washington is also registered by other people in Oregon, Montana, and Nebraska. And that is just the states that I know of. Most single iron simple brands would be very similar, registered in multiple states.

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:30 am
by cowtownjim
If your cows have Brucellosis tags, I think they show the state where they were vaccinated.

Re: Cattle brands

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:03 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
Yes, the first few numbers indicate the state. Good idea.