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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10014) 11 years ago


A signboard along U.S. Highway 10 near Miles City, Montana shows a collection of Montana cattle brands and defines the word "dogie."

Photographer: F.E. Dunham
Date: Photographed September 1939
Location: Near Miles City, Montana, USA
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Posted by Bill Zook (+492) 11 years ago
You might make a note of the "shaving mug" brand; I suspect it is a facsimile of my grandfather's brand called a sugar bowl, in which the 'spoon' descends into the cup at an angle. It was in the first book of brands of Montana.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11965) 11 years ago
You can no longer register new figural brands like the "bug." Sad.
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Posted by spacekace (+890) 11 years ago
Why can't you register figural brands anymore?

Such intricate brands could be an easy target for "cattle rustling" and such????? Well, that's my guess... Do you know Amorette?
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Posted by Mrs. M (+717) 11 years ago
Some brands that are too intricate tend to scar over and blotch with the healing process making them virtually unreadable by the brand inspectors. I would guess that is the reason for the restrictions.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11965) 11 years ago
I don't know why. I just know that according to the last brand book I consulted, figural brands can only be re-registered but no new ones.
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Posted by Bill Zook (+492) 11 years ago
Consequently, they are worth quite a lot if an estate wishes to sell them as they are considered valuable both in historic and in uniqueness - no one else has one like it or close to resembling it. Makes for easier identification when sorting a mixed herd. Ear marking serves a similar purpose.
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Posted by stef428 (+239) 11 years ago
Just a reminder, 2011 is the year to reregister brands.
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