Livestock Brand Registration Deadline Dec. 31st

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 in Main

Sept. 11, 2015

All Existing Brands Must Re-register

HONOLULU – Owners of livestock brands in Hawaii have until December 31, 2015 to re-register their brands with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) or risk losing their rights to their brands. Hawaii law requires owners of livestock in the state to register their brand to secure its validity and individuality. While it is not mandatory to use brands in Hawaii, it is mandatory for owners using brands to register them every five years. The registration fee is $10.

During the period 2010 – 2015, there were 712 registered brands in Hawaii.

“Brand owners may re-register at any time,” said Dr. Jason Moniz, veterinarian and manager of HDOA’s Animal Disease Control Branch. “However, if they do not re-register by December 31st, they may potentially lose the right to their brand should someone else apply for it.”

Typically, cattle are branded prior to one year of age so owners have a permanent and unique identification on their animals that traces them back to their ownership. In Hawaii, there are about 1,100 cattle operations ranging from herds of about 26,000 head of cattle to those with just a few head.

HDOA’s Animal Disease Control Branch reviews brand applications and approves brands after determining that the brand is not the same or similar to others that are registered. Branding continues to be the most practical and approved means by which cattle ownership is determined, particularly in the Western U.S. where most states require cattle moving interstate to be brand inspected.

To view registered brands in the Hawaii Brand Book, go to:

To obtain a brand registration form, go to:

For more information and applications, brand owners should contact HDOA’s Animal Disease Control Branch at (808) 483-7106 (Oahu) or e-mail: [email protected]

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