Wayne County, largely dependent on the livestock industry for its economy, has a new brand inspector.

Alan Taylor of Fremont was named to the position, joining the staff of the Utah Department of Agriculture.The inspector succeeds Shannon Williams, who spent three years in the position and will assist area brand inspectors when needed. She was praised by Terry Menlove, chief of the state's livestock identification bureau, for her efforts in the further education of area livestock producers regarding brand and animal health laws.

Taylor's responsibilities will be in the western sector of the county. A graduate of Utah State University with a degree in animal science, he requested a 24-hour advance notice from stock producers when livestock inspections are requested.

State law and the work of brand inspectors help discourage livestock thefts, Menlove said. Proof of ownership and brand inspections are required on animals transported from Utah to another state. The law is enforced at auctions, ports of entry and roadblocks.