Chief Brand Inspector,
I would like to remind all producers which auction markets are open to ship livestock to without getting brand inspection before leaving North Dakota.
In South Dakota, the open markets include Aberdeen Livestock Sales in Aberdeen, S.D.; Britton Livestock in Britton, S.D.; Herried Livestock in Herried, S.D.; Hub City Livestock in Aberdeen, S.D.; Lemmon Livestock in Lemmon, S.D.; Mobridge Livestock in Mobridge, S.D.; and Sisseton Livestock in Sisseton, S.D.
In Montana, the open markets are Glendive Livestock in Glendive, Mont., and Yellowstone Livestock Company in Sidney, Mont.
The NDSA has brand inspectors at the open markets to conduct inspections on the North Dakota livestock.
The first offense for shipping livestock out of the state without brand inspection is a class A misdemeanor. Any person willfully shipping livestock out of the state a second time is guilty of a class C felony. So, remember to get your brand inspection done before leaving the state, unless you are going directly to an open market.