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New resource helps livestock owners

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture is proud to announce a new website feature that can help livestock owners if they buy, sell, or move livestock. Residents can now find their brand inspector by visiting www.colorado.gov/ag/brands and clicking on "brand inspectors." By simply clicking on their specific area, residents can now retrieve the name and contact information of their brand inspector.

"Livestock is big business in Colorado and we strive to make the brand inspection process as efficient as possible and implementing new technology is a big step towards achieving that goal," said Chris Whitney, CDA's Brand Commissioner. "This new feature will help livestock owners find their brand inspector with a click of the mouse."

The Division of Brand Inspection's primary responsibility is to protect the livestock industry from loss by theft, illegal butchering, or straying of livestock. A key component of that responsibility is to inspect livestock and verify ownership before sale, transportation beyond 75 miles, transportation out of state, or before slaughter.

Last year, division personnel traveled in excess of 1.1 million miles and inspected over 4.5 million head of livestock. In addition, they identified ownership of lost, stolen, or strayed and questionably owned livestock valued at over $24 million. The division also inspected 4,503,999 cattle, 36,524 horses, 2 sheep and issued 4,582 permanent travel permits on horses.

"CDA employs 55 brand inspectors across the state to help protect our livestock industry," continued Whitney. "We hope this new online feature enhances our customer service by connecting livestock owners to their brand inspectors in an even more timely fashion."



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