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Strain: Identification Necessary to Help Recover Lost or Stolen Livestock

August 22, 2012

Baton Rouge, LA (August 22, 2012) – Recent horse thefts in Red River and DeSoto parishes have prompted Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M, to urge permanently identifying your livestock.

“What we have seen over the years is that lost or stolen cattle and horses are more likely to be recovered if they are marked/tattooed, branded or have a microchip implant. When market prices are high as seen in cattle, you tend to see more thefts, but identification is a huge deterrent since these animals are hard to resell and are traceable,” said Strain.

LDAF Animal Health and Food Safety regulations require equines more than one-year old to have permanent identification such as a brand, tattoo or microchip implant.

If you have information on this type of criminal activity, call the LDAF Crime Stopper hotline at 800-558-9741. Louisiana law requires that an ownership identification brand used on livestock must be registered with the Livestock Brand Commission. For additional information, contact the Livestock Brand Commission at 225-925-3962.