Montana Department of Livestock encourages brand owners to rerecord online
Owners of Montana brands can begin rerecording their brands online the first week of January, according to the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL).
A new twist to a process that began in 1921, online rerecord offers convenience for brand holders, said John Grainger, MDOL Brands Division administrator.
“Online rerecord is a way to make things easier for brand owners,” Grainger said. “There’s nothing to wait for or mail back – spend 10 minutes online and you’re good for the next 10 years.”
Holders of Montana brands will receive a postcard the first week of January with all of the information – name, address and brand certificate number – needed to rerecord brands online. The postcard will provide brand holders who don’t wish to rerecord online with directions for mail-in renewals.
Grainger said the department is encouraging people to rerecord online.
“Online rerecord will save brand holders time, and to be honest, will save us some time and work on this end as well,” Grainger said. “Anything we can do to improve efficiency saves our per capita fees.”
Also new to the rerecord process this year, Grainger said, are changes to the grace period for late rerecords.
“In the past people have always had a little extra time, but it will be different this year,” Grainger said.
Brands that are not reregistered by Dec. 31, 2011, will be held for a 90-day period in which only the holder may reapply for the brand. Brands that are not renewed will be vacated and made available to the public.
“If someone doesn’t get their brand rerecorded by December 31 of 2011, they will get a chance to reapply for the brand,” Grainger said. “But best way to avoid that type of situation is to get your brand rerecorded on time.”
Every 10 years, MDOL rerecords the state’s 55,000 active brands, which are used to help prevent loss and theft of livestock, assist with the movement of livestock through markets channels and identify/trace livestock in the case of animal health emergencies.
For additional information regarding brands or brands rerecord, contact MDOL’s public information officer, 406-444-9431, or Brands Recorder, 406-444-3812 or 406-444-4999.
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