California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street ,Sacramento, CA 95814
Brands(Horses, Mules, Burros, Sheep & Swine) Any person that owns a registered cattle brand may use the same brand on the same location on horses, mules, burros, sheep or swine.A super cold iron (freeze brand)may be used on horses, mules, burros, sheep and swine.
Section 20662 of the Food and Agricultural code states the proposed brand design must meet the following requirements:
- It is not in conflict with any other recorded brand in this State.
- It is capable of producing a like design when applied to the hide of an animal.
- It is capable of readily symbolizing the intended design to any person who views it.
- It lends itself to common verbal description.
Please indicate on the application the choices of brand design, location on the animal in order of preference, and any earmarks desired. There are six branding positions for legal proof of ownership of cattle. They are the left or right shoulder, rib or hip.
To record the brand to a company, partnership, fictitious business etc., a copy of the legal document showing registration with the Secretary of State’s office or county office, which names all officers, partners or owners must be provided.
When the brand is approved for registration, a Certificate of Cattle Brand Registration is issued to the applicant along with a drawing that may be used in the construction of your branding iron. The brand may not be used until the certificate of registration has been issued.