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TSCRA Theft and Law Questions

Frequently asked questions about agricultural theft and law

How do I register my brand?

Do I have to re-register my brand?

How to I report a theft?

How do I report stray livestock?

Can I sell stray livestock that come on my land?

The stray calf is unbranded and my neighbor and I can't tell who it belongs to. What do we do?

 

How do I register my brand?

Brands are registered in Texas by the county clerk of the county in which you run livestock. The brand must be registered by the county clerk for the brand to be considered a legal means of ownership.

In Oklahoma the State Board of Agriculture is responsible for brand registration.

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Do I have to re-register my brand?

Yes. In Texas brands have to be re-registered every 10 years.

Brand re-registration always begins in the year ending with a 1. For example, the last brand re-registration period ran from Aug. 31, 2011, to Feb. 29, 2012.

If you do not re-register within that period, then your brand is up for grabs by someone else. Brands must be re-registered within that period regardless of the date it was originally registered. -Section 144.04 Texas Agriculture Code

In Oklahoma brands are re-registered every five years and is the responsibility of the State Board of Agriculture (Title 2-4-7 of the Oklahoma Agriculture Code). While brand re-registration dates are not specified, the code explains that the owners of currently registered brands will be notified about the re-registration period.

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How to I report a theft?

First, contact your local law enforcement official to report the incident. Then, contact your special ranger. Be prepared with as much information as you can collect about the possible theft. For more information, go to this page: How Do I Report A Theft?

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How do I report stray livestock?

Your county sheriff is responsible for handling stray livestock. For more information, go to this page: How Do I Report Stray Livestock?

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Can I sell stray livestock that come on my land?

No, that would be considered stealing. Contact your local sheriff and your special ranger.

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The stray calf is unbranded and my neighbor and I can't tell who it belongs to. What do we do?

Contact your local sheriff. Texas sheriffs are authorized by the Texas Agriculture Code to handle matters regarding estray, or stray, livestock.

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