Brand means any letter or combination of letters or any letter or combination of letters in conjunction with a number intended to be distinctly or permanently impressed or made upon any cattle. The word “cattle” includes any bull, cow, heifer, ox, steer, calfs or any horse, mare, gelding, colt or filly or any mule or ass.
The following characters are acceptable components of a registered brand design:
(a) Capital letters of the English alphabet
(b) Arabic numerals
(c) A triangle
(d) A diamond;
(e) A circle;
(f) A square;
(g) A diamond;
(h) A bar in the horizontal position that is applied:
(i) above or below any letters or numerals; or
(ii) before, after or between the letter(s) or numeral(s);
(i) A cross or plus;
(j) A flying wing;
(k) A quarter circle (arc)
(l) A half diamond
(m) A heart
(n) A star
Registering Livestock Brands
Under the Cattle Branding Act, chapter 207 of the Laws of Belize. Brands must be recorded as required by the Country of Belize to prove ownership and be considered legal evidence in a court of law.
Under the law, individuals can register new brands or they can apply to use brands that have not been used for ten years. The registrar will reject a brand if that particular design already is registered. The brand can be registered for use on the shoulder, leg, rump, loin, or rib on either side of the animal. The left or right side is determined by standing behind the animal. Brands must be within a 4x4 inches.
Application for Brand Registration
It is a felony to brand someone else’s animals or obliterate any livestock brand. It is also illegal to use any brand for branding bull, cow, heifer, ox, steer, calf or any horses, mare, gelding, colt or filly, or mules or asses unless the brand has been registered, recorded and approved at the Belize Livestock Producers Association. For identification within the herd, livestock can be branded with unregistered Arabic numbers (0-9) if they are used in conjunction with recorded brands. It is important to notice that Brands used for identification within the herd are not considered proof of ownership. Once brands are recorded with the Belize Livestock Producers Association they become the personal property of the owner.
The Rules and Regulations for registering a brand are as follows:
1. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and residing in the country of Belize.
2. Applicant must provide a copy of a valid passport or any valid ID card.
3. Applicant must provide the Brand design which he or she wish to use before branding the animal.
4. Applicant must specify the livestock and branding position to which the brand will be applied.
5. Also the time period for which the Brand is being applied for.
6. Brand Registration Fee must accompany the Application Form
7. The following are the fees Applied for Brand Registration
a. Registration fee: $10 per year ( a maximum of 10 years is allowed)
b. Late renewal fee: $20 (renewal after 1 year)
c. Additional copies of brand card: $10
d. Replacement for lost or damaged cards: $10
8. For Brand renewal the old Brand card must be presented along with application form.
Brand Ownership by Multiple Owners
Brands can be registered by multiple parties with clear separation of ownership or the shared ownership provided that there is a clear agreement that all owners are also responsible for authorizing the movement, sale or slaughtering of animal. All are liable to maintaining status of updating brand.
Corporate Brand Ownership
Brands can be applied and registered by a business entity, provided that the company is registered in Belize and provides proof of that registry along with a Belizean representative that is liable to the ownership of the brand by foreigners
Brand ownership requires full documentation of a legal person that resides or is a Belizean national and forms part of said corporation.
Transfer of an existing Brand to new owner
Brands are not transferred automatically. The registered owner(s) of the Brand must provide an agreement made between the person(s) to whom the transfer of brand will be made. In case of the owner’s death a death certificate must be presented for transfer to be possible. In the event that a part owner is added or removed, an agreement should be signed by all parties involved and certified by a Justice of Peace and must be presented.
Release and Publishing of Brands
BLPA reserves the right to annually publish the name and owner of the brand along with the accepted brand if required but no other personal data will be released.
All personal data of a rancher/ Bovine Cattle Farmer remains confidential and requires authorization to be release by BLPA.