Brands Program

History of Brands in Kansas

Brands are markings used to identify livestock. Animal brands have been a visual means of identification throughout history. Starting from the time of the open range to the present, branding has assisted in showing ownership of livestock throughout Kansas.

The original open-fire method was practical in the beginning, followed by the electric iron and then advancing to the freeze-branding method. In Kansas, both the hot and freeze brand methods are recognized. Through registration of a livestock brand in the brands program, this means of identity continues to play a special part in the livestock industry and its history.

Currently, the Brands Program maintains a brand registry of more than 17,000 brands and assists with the market brand inspection program, which is performed by contract. A special investigator assists local law enforcement with lost, stray and stolen livestock, coordinating investigations between agencies and victims.

Brand Inspection

While brand inspection is not mandatory in Kansas, the state has six contract brand inspectors who provide brand inspection upon request for a fee. In addition, these inspectors serve six Kansas livestock markets that have chosen to contract with the department for inspection services. Contact our office for more information about brand inspection services.

Kansas Brand Book

We no longer print and offer a bound copy of the Kansas Brand Book. However, you can find a downloadable PDF of the 2016 Kansas Brand Book here, or order the 2008 Brand Book for $20 here.