Chief Brand Inspector,
In the past month, I’ve noticed an uptick in calls from producers and local sheriff departments concerning livestock that are out and on the roadways.
If you find yourself looking at loose livestock, you can be extra helpful to law enforcement officials by snapping photos of their brands and sending them to me at (701) 720-2430. Having those photos is helpful when looking for a brand that could be easily described differently.
This month, we are also noticing an increase in the number of cattle being sold at several auction markets in the state. Several auction markets are running two sales per week. Be prepared for longer receiving lines at the market.
Try not to get too frustrated with the employees or the brand inspectors in these high-volume situations. There have been some mentions of producers waiting for two hours before reaching the unloading chutes at some of the larger markets.
Producers should remember that all livestock leaving the state must be brand inspected. That includes producers who wish to send cattle to summer pasture in another state. State law requires such inspections. Producers should also check in to the health requirements of their destination state to avoid further issues.
The NDSA conducts brand inspections in the following out-of-state open markets: Sidney Livestock Market Center in Sidney, Mont.; Glendive Livestock in Glendive, Mont.; Lemmon Livestock in Lemmon, S.D.; Mobridge Livestock in Mobridge, S.D.; Herreid Livestock, in Herreid, S.D.; Aberdeen Livestock Sales in Aberdeen, S.D.; Hub City Livestock in Aberdeen, S.D.; Britton Livestock in Britton, S.D.; and Sisseton Livestock in Sisseton, S.D.
If you plan to pasture livestock in another state or another region of the state, remember to get to know your new neighbors. Tell them what kind of cattle you have brought to their neighborhood in case they happen to get out.
Give them your contact information so they can get a hold of you in the event problems arise.
I hope the weather begins to cooperate and gives us the rain we need in the area.