Keeping track of animals and ensuring permanent methods of identification should be top priorities on a ranch or farm. Proper identification of livestock starts with the branding and tattoo process. Cattle branding and tattooing should always begin with a clean environment in which to work. The use of sterile, unbroken branding and tattooing equipment is essential for an effective outcome. The finished product should turn out clear, legible and easily recognizable when proper cattle branding and tattooing procedures are followed.