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As USDA turns to ear tags over brands, cattle ranchers fear end of tradition By Colleen O’Connor The Denver Post The future of the hot-iron brand, an icon of Western heritage, is at the center of a nearly decade-long battle over cattle identification and traceability. “It’s the latest hot lightning rod,” said John Reid, an […]

Western Rangers fight push to give up brands Craig and Mary K. Vejraska pose at their cattle ranch June 17, 2011, in Omak, Wash. They support the use of cattle brands in a new animal identification program. Photo: Shannon Dininny / AP OMAK, Wash. (AP) — Ranchers have long used brands to keep track of […]

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Since a new framework for animal disease traceability was introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year, cattle raisers have been up in arms for fear that the centuries-old hot-iron branding methods may be on the way out. Instead, the USDA wants every cow to have a unique numerical ID, […]