Brands Program

History of Brands in Kansas

Brands are markings used to identify livestock. Animal brands have been a visual means of identification throughout history. Starting from the time of the open range to the present, branding has assisted in showing ownership of livestock throughout Kansas.

The original open-fire method was practical in the beginning, followed by the electric iron and then advancing to the freeze-branding method. In Kansas, both the hot and freeze brand methods are recognized. Through registration of a livestock brand in the brands program, this means of identity continues to play a special part in the livestock industry and its history.

Currently, the Brands Program maintains a brand registry of more than 17,000 brands and assists with the market brand inspection program, which is performed by contract. A special investigator assists local law enforcement with lost, stray and stolen livestock, coordinating investigations between agencies and victims.

Brand Search

Search for available or registered Kansas brands here.

You may search for brands by brand code characters (letters, symbols and/or numbers), location on the animal, the status of the brand (registered or available) or search for an active brand by the owner/company/county to which the brand is registered.

If a brand you are searching for does not exist in the database, contact the Brand Program at (785) 564-6609 to determine if it can be created.

Historic Brand Applications

The original, paper brand applications dating back to 1939 are now being stored digitally. Rather than throw away these historic documents, the Brands Program is making them available on a first-come-first-serve basis to descendants of the original brand owners. These applications are an important piece of history, not only for Kansas, but also for the family legacies touched by brands.

For a copy of the Historic Kansas Brand Application Request Form, click here.

Kansas Brand Book

Electronic 2015 Kansas Brand Book 

View the 2015 Kansas Brand Book.
Click on the title to open the PDF, complete with statutes and regulations, helpful information about brands and branding, and a complete list of registered Kansas brands.

Brand Book Orders

2008 Brand Book

2008 Brand Book - $20.00

2008 Brand CD with 5 supplements - $15.00

Order form available here

2003 Brand Book

2003 Brand Book - $15.00 

Order form available here.

Brand Inspection

Map of Kansas Brand Counties
Brand inspection is not mandatory in Kansas. Brand inspection shall be performed in areas designated as brand inspection areas, provided funds for inspection are available. Brand inspection may also be performed upon request. Currently, three counties - Kearny, Wichita and Hamilton - participate in the county option brand inspection program, and six livestock markets contract with the department for inspection services.