Brown County Clerk Sharon Ferguson has issued a statement that the period for registering a livestock brand or mark will begin Wednesday, Aug. 31, and continue for six months.

Brand/marks not renewed during that time will become "open brands" Ferguson advised, and will become available for the general public.

According to Ferguson, Title 6, Chapter 144 of the Texas Agriculture Code requires a brand or mark to be registered every 10 years. The Title 6 code was put into effect in 1981, and this will be the fourth registration since then.

The registration period that begins Wednesday will continue through Feb. 29, 2012. Any person may register one or more brands/marks with the county clerk, Ferguson advised. The definition of a brand, as defined by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, is "mark plus location."

The cost to register a brand/mark in Brown County is $16 per location per animal plus $5 for each additional location for the same animal. The registration of a brand/mark is valid for 10 years.

A registration form can be found on the county clerk's website at under "County Offices" tab. The form may be filed in person at the county clerk's office, located on the first floor of the courthouse.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call the county clerk's office at (325) 643-2594.

The registration form may also be mailed to: Office of County Clerk; 200 South Broadway, Room 101; Brownwood, TX 76801.