Post by redearranch on Feb 17, 2019 19:14:21 GMT -5
I am feeling ignorant and looking for someone with knowledge about brand inspections. I grew up on the East Coast and had never even heard of a brand inspection before. I assumed they were for "branded" cattle. However, in my state, Colorado, I just learned that brand inspections are required for horses as well. We have 7 horses in our ownership. However, only three of them came with brand inspections. The other 4 we have bills of sale for. One of them is a mare from outside of the state and her foal (now grown up - but he was born on the farm). The other two were simply sold to us with a bill of sale.
My question is - how can I get brand inspections on these horses? I have had them in Colorado for several years now, in my possession. I have vet invoices for their care and other records. I am afraid that if I call, the brand inspector will confiscate the horses, fine me or (from reading our state's web site) throw me in jail for up to 90 days?! What can I do to make this right without losing my horses? Is the bill of sale enough, even if it is from several year's ago?
redearranch take a deep breath and don't fret. I, too, grew up on the East Coast and didn't know a thing about brand inspections. You need them a) if you are traveling over 75 miles from home with your horse(s) or b) if you sell them. The brand inspection is your LEGAL bill of sale in Colorado. You can call your local brand inspector and ask for permanent brand inspections on your horses, which may be something you might want to consider, if you take them places--that way you've got proof of ownership (I know, I know, how many plain sorrel unbranded geldings/mares ARE there, anyway, right? ), and you've got a permanent inspection on them.
It isn't a huge deal and no, your horses won't be confiscated nor will you get a fine or spend time in jail. However, with the increase in horse theft in Colorado, I would urge you to strike up a good relationship with your local brand inspector, explain your situation, and get inspections on your horses. (In fact, the ones you've purchased here are supposed to come with inspections from the SELLER--so they are the ones in trouble, not you.)
Hope this helps.
My 6 Jersey Girls: Skye, Topaz, Emmie, Fiona, Sapphire, and Valley! Avitus, Red Mini Jersey Bull 4 McNabs--a veritable herd! Too many cats Spoiled Rotten Hens & King Roo Angus cows Angus Bulls
All that's been required of us, if I remember correctly, is proof of current ownership in the form of registration papers - our cattle have a tattoo in their ear that corresponds to their registration paperwork that would be in our name. They fill out a form and we pay the fee and that's it. I believe they're good for 30 days, so you want to get the inspection done close to the time when you're moving animals.
The only time we do that is if we are transporting or selling animals. If you moved across state lines, you may need one then as well.
If your animals stay on your property, there's no need for an inspection.
Colorado law and regulations require that livestock (including cattle, calves, horses, mules, donkeys, burros and, when requested, sheep), whether or not they are branded, be inspected before (1) any change of ownership (whether by gift or sale), (2) transport over 75 miles within the state of Colorado, (3) transport to a destination outside Colorado (regardless of the distance), (4) transport to sale, and (5) transport to slaughter."
Jersey cow family: Samson's Rosita & Virtuoso Briar Rose An Akita, some kitty cats, Border Leicester sheep & hens
And a way to get around not having a previous brand inspection on a horse you want to sell, is just saying it was born on farm. If the horses are not leaving your farm, don't barrow trouble by bringing the fact you brought them into the state without inspections up to anyone.
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