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LIVESTOCK TRANSPORT DOCUMENT EXAMPLES
& BREED/BRAND IDENTIFICATION

BREEDS OF BEEF CATTLE

Described by color and sometimes by breed (especially if purebred).
"X" used with any color/breed description refers to "crossbred," for example "Red X bred."
The preferred abbreviation appears first.

Whiteface
Abbr: WF

Whiteface Cow & Calf
Cow & Calf aka Pair
Abbr: Cow & Clf

Black Whiteface aka Black Baldy
Abbr: BWF

Black Whiteface Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Red

Abbr: None or R

Red Heifer
Heifer
Abbr: Hfr, Hf, H

Red Brockleface aka Red Mottleface
Abbr: Red Broc, R Broc

Red Brockleface Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Black Brockleface aka Black Mottleface
Abbr: Blk Broc, B Broc

Black Brockleface Steer
Steer
Abbr: Str, St, S

Black
Abbr: Blk, B

Black Cow & Calf
Cow & Calf aka Pair
Abbr: Cow & Clf

Brindle
Abbr: Brin

Brindle Bull
Bull
Abbr: None or B

White
Abbr: Wt

White Bull
Bull
Abbr: None or B

Longhorn
Abbr: L. Horn

Longhorn Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Red Roan
Abbr: R Roan, R Rn

Red Roan Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Blue Roan
Abbr: B Roan, Bl Rn

Blue Roan Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Mexicans or Corriente
Abbr: Mex, Corr

Mexicans or Corriente Steers
Steer
Abbr: Str, St, S

Yellow
Abbr: Yel

Yellow Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Gray
Abbr: None

Grey Bull
Bull
Abbr: None or B

Mouse or Smoke
Abbr: None

Mouse or Smoke Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C


DAIRY CATTLE

Described usually by breed and not by color.

Holstein
Black & White
Abbr: Hol

Holstein Heifer
Heifer
Abbr: Hfr, Hf, H

Holstein
Red & White
Abbr: R & W Hol

Red Holstein Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Jersey
Abbr: Jer

Jersey Calves
Calf
Abbr: Clf

Guernsey
Abbr: Guer, Guern

Guernsey Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Ayrshire
Abbr: Ayr

Ayrshire Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Milking Shorthorn
Abbr: M.S. Horn

Milking Shorthorn Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C

Brown Swiss
Abbr: B. Swiss
Brown Swiss Cow
Cow
Abbr: None or C


HOW TO READ BRANDS

Brands are read from left to right, top to bottom and outside to inside.
Examples:

Left to Right
Letter O, sidebar, letter C
O bar C
Letter O, sidebar, letter C
Outside to Inside
Circle, Inner letter C
Circle, Inner letter C
Top to Bottom
Letter O over a bar over letter C
O bar C
Letter O over a bar over letter C

Brands are classified as letters, numbers, characters or a combination of all three.
Depending on who is viewing it, the same brand may acquire different names.

Example:

T up T down

Letter T, inverted letter T, OR T up T down, OR T standing T on its head.


LOCATIONS OF BRANDS

Branding Locations Drawing

Brands will be written with the brand first, followed by the location where the brand is applied on the animal.


EARMARKS & THEIR MOST COMMON NAMES

Ear Marks

Earmarks may be used in any combination of the above.


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