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Clips From The Clerk: Brand Book

CLIPS FROM THE CLERK
BY Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder
Did You Know . . .
by Statute . . .
 
Complete brand records shall be kept on file for inspection by the public at the office of each county clerk and recorder?
 
Upon the first of every month or as soon thereafter as possible, the state board of stock inspection commissioners shall cause to be exhibited in the office of the county clerk and recorder in all counties in the state and post, when permissible, in Colorado licensed livestock markets a list showing all the brands and transfers recorded for the previous calendar month.  Said list shall show a facsimile of the brand, the name of the owner, and the owner’s post-office address, county, and state.  The list shall remain posted until the following month when the new list is posted.
 
Brand inspection is mandatory on cattle, horses, mules and donkeys.
 
This has been part of Colorado’s history in one form or another since 1865.
 
The Colorado Brand Book is a periodic record of livestock brands registered with the Colorado state livestock agency.
 
Colorado Brand Book goes back at least as far as the early 1900’s.  No copyright renewals have been found for this publication.  It is currently issued at 5-year intervals, immediately following the assessment of brands.
 
In 1938 the Colorado Brand Book cost $2.  In 2018 the price of the Colorado Brand Book (2017 Edition) is $30.  The 2017 brand book includes all brands recorded and paid as of November 30, 2017.
 
The expected delivery of the 2017 Colorado Brand Book is sometime this month. 
 
Anyone interested in researching brands or looking for information on lost or stolen livestock that has been posted, is welcome to visit our office.