Well, once again my classes are going hand and hand. Today, in class, we talked about animal welfare while talking about branding and the laws that apply to it in my veterinarian science. I am going to stick to the branding side while throwing bits of information about the welfare of the livestock.
First the branding has become much more of a controversy for the livestock industry. Some say it hurts the animal and is just plain wrong to be doing in this day and age. These same people would make that argument that these are out dated was of identifying cattle. While also pointing out that there are more “humane” was of identification such as ear tags or paint branding. But both of these types of branding are only temporary.
The people who are for it would make the case they need a permanent mark to ensure they know which cattle belong to them. Or they would make the case that their farm has used that same brand for decades and they do not want to change it. Either way they are for branding and it has not been outlawed yet. So, therefore they are still allowed to brand as long as they want.
There are regulations on branding in Missouri such as:
Must be on the shoulder, rib or hip of either the right or left side
Cannot use the same brand unless it has been out of circulation for 5 years
Must be 3 “ in diameter
Must be registered
There are also more laws dealing with branding you can find them for Missouri at http://mda.mo.gov/animals/livestockbranding.php
There are always two sides two every battle and I am not one to tell another man what he can and can’t do with his property. We do not do this on my family farm so I would love to hear what farmers who do brand have to say about it.
Let me know, and comment below!