Shipping Day on the Blackfoot

POTOMAC - There were 2,650,000 Montana cattle including calves as of Jan. 1, 2016. According to Montana Department of Livestock (DOL), more than 600 head will be shipped this month from Potomac producers.

On shipping day, the cattle are sorted into pens. Brand inspectors check brands and ear tags. They must clarify cattle ownership by the brands before the cattle are sold and shipped.

Livestock cannot be sold or owned without proof of ownership according to the DOL. Owners need to prove ownership by providing a bill of sale to the inspectors if livestock is ready to be shipped and has someone...


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