Livestock Brand Commission re-implements saddle identification program

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Jacob Townsend, shown here at High School state finals, recovered this saddle after it was stolen. It was not chipped at the time, but chipping assists the authorities to recover stolen saddles.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission is re-implementing the saddle identification program. The Livestock Brand Commission will be conducting saddle microchip identification Thursday, May 19, from 1-4 p.m. at Red River Farm Supply, 3229 Hwy 107, Effie, La.

Tiffany Litton is a competitor in barrel racing. She is also interested in having her saddles chipped to prevent theft.

“Microchipping saddles is a unique identification tool which is invaluable if your saddle is lost or stolen,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “It is done in such a way that only you know it is there and can be read with a device. If your saddle is stolen, a Brand Officer could scan it to confirm it is yours. Otherwise, we have no way of proving the theft.”
This article published in the May 5, 2022, print edition

Saddles are popular agriculture items for thieves to prey on because they do not have identifiable marks or serial numbers. Therefore, it is the intention of the LDAF’s Livestock Brand Commission to provide all saddle owners in the state of Louisiana the opportunity to have their saddles registered and identified by using a microchip implant. This effort to deter theft will be a joint venture of the Livestock Brand Commission, parish sheriff’s offices, other law enforcement agencies, parish cattlemen’s associations and riding clubs.
The microchip identification program aims to identify and facilitate the return of property should it ever be stolen. The service is provided free to the public. Additional dates and locations will be announced in the near future. Should there be any questions, contact the Brand Commission at 225-925-3962.