Heading to a rodeo or horse show? Buying or selling a horse? Be sure to get a brand inspection
This time of year sends many Coloradans outside to enjoy our warm days and cool evenings; horseback riding is often a favorite summer activity and the Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds horse owners that state statutes require a “brand” inspection if they plan on buying, selling or transporting horses. Horse owners may purchase permanent horse travel permits for horses that are shipped frequently more than 75 miles within Colorado or across state lines. This can be a great financial savings since the permit is good for travel purposes for as long as the applicant owns the horse.
“The Department typically sees an increase in the number of horses being bought and sold this time of year,” said CDA’s Brand Commissioner, Chris Whitney. “There has also been an increase in the number of horses in urban communities and folks need to remember to contact us for a transfer of ownership inspection.”
In 2012, approximately 4,400 permanent horse travel cards were issued and 36,300 brand inspections were performed for horse sales statewide. Inspections include identifying the animal and certifying that the shipper or seller is the legal owner prior to issuing a certificate.
The Division of Brand Inspection’s primary responsibility is to protect the livestock industry from loss by theft, illegal butchering, or straying of livestock. The division is assigned five principal regulatory responsibilities:
—Record and administer livestock brands
—Inspect livestock and verify ownership before sale, transportation beyond 75 miles, transportation out of state, or slaughter
—Inspect packing plants, livestock sale rings, and inspect all consignments before sale to verify ownership
—License and inspect alternative livestock (elk and fallow deer) facilities
—Prevent and return strayed or stolen livestock and investigate reports of lost or stolen livestock
In FY 11/12, division personnel traveled in excess of 1.2 million miles and inspected approximately 4.6 million head of livestock. In addition, they identified ownership of lost, stolen, or strayed and questionably owned livestock valued at over $60 million.
For more information on the Division of Brand Inspection, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/brands.