Since 1981, Title 6, Chapter 144 of the TEXAS AGRICULTURE CODE requires a brand or a mark to be registered every ten years.
Sec. 144.001. OWNER’S MARKS AND BRANDS. (a) Each person who has cattle, hogs, sheep, or goats shall have and may use one or more earmarks, brands, tattoos, or electronic devices differing from the earmarks, brands, tattoos, and electronic devices of the person’s neighbors.
(b) A person who owns a horse may have and use one or more of the following to identify the horse:
(1) a brand differing from the brand of the person’s neighbors, including a fire or electric heat brand, freeze brand, acid brand, or hoof brand;
(2) an earmark differing from the earmark of the person’s neighbors;
(3) a tattoo differing from the tattoo of the person’s neighbors;
(4) an electronic device; or
(5) another generally accepted identification method.
Sec. 144.003. AGE FOR MARKING OR BRANDING. (a) Cattle shall be marked with the earmark or branded with the brand of the owner on or before the date they are one year old.
(b) Hogs, sheep, and goats shall be marked with the earmark of the owner on or before the date they are six months old.
Sec. 144.041. MARKS AND BRANDS TO BE RECORDED. (a) Each person who owns cattle, hogs, sheep, or goats shall record that person’s earmarks, brands, tattoos, and electronic devices with the county clerk of the county in which the animals are located.
(b) A person who owns a horse shall record an identification mark authorized by Section 144.001(b) with the county clerk of the county in which the animal is located.
(c) The county clerk shall keep a record of the marks and brands of each person who applies to the clerk for that purpose.
(d) A person may record that person’s marks and brands in as many counties as necessary.
(e) A person may record any mark or brand that the person desires to use if no other person has recorded the mark or brand, without regard to whether that person has previously recorded a mark or brand.
From August 31, 2011 through February 29, 2012, any person may register one or more brands/ marks with the Office of County Clerk. The cost to register a brand/mark in Fort Bend County is $11.00 per location per animal plus $5.00 for each additional location for the same animal. The registration of a brand/mark is valid for ten years. A registration form can be found on the county clerk’s web site at www.fortbendcountygov.com under Forms Library. The form may be filed in person at the following county clerk office locations: 301 Jackson Street in Richmond; 22333 Grand Corner (TX 99 @ FM 1093/West Park Tollway) in Katy and 307 Texas Parkway in Missouri City. The registration form may also be mailed to: Office of County Clerk, Recording Division, 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX 77469. For more information call the county clerk’s office at 281-341-8652 or email email@example.com
To register an animal tattoo mark, contact your local Department of Public Safety for details. Sec. 144.108. FILING WITH COUNTY CLERK. The [DPS] director shall forward a certified copy of each [tattoo mark] registration to the county clerk of the county of the applicant’s residence. The county clerk shall file the certificate in records maintained for that purpose.