BRAND & THEFT COMMITTEE
13-Resolution passed in 2013
12-Resolution passed in 2012
11-Resolution passed in 2011
BILL OF SALE TRANSFER – 12 (BT)
WHEREAS, anyone who sells cattle, horses or mules in North Dakota must, at the time of sale, transfer title/ownership of the animal to the buyer of any animal that is carrying a brand; and
WHEREAS, if the seller is the registered owner of the brand on the livestock, he or she must sign a legal bill of sale at the time of the sale, which includes date of the sale, number of head sold, sex of the animal(s), brand and the location of the brand. The brandowner must also have his or her signature witnessed on the bill of sale; and
WHEREAS, many parties buy branded animals then resell them to other parties in North Dakota without any transfer of ownership, leaving the new owners with no claim to the animals; and
WHEREAS, in other cases, sellers issue bills of sale for brands that they do not own. These are fraudulent bills of sale and are not legal proof of ownership for the new owner either, which results in proceeds being held at the auction markets and other problems.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports a law change to enhance penalties for failure to transfer title or proper ownership of livestock at the time of sale.