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Stan Misek
Chief Brand Inspector,
This time of year, it’s important to remind everyone that brand inspection is required to leave the state with cattle, horses or mules unless you are marketing livestock at an open market.
Recently, several producers have called after leaving the state and having the proceeds of their sale held because they failed to get North Dakota brand inspection.
Any person willfully violating the brand inspection law is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Those who violate the law a second time within five years or three or more times are subject a Class C felony. Remember, it’s cheaper to ensure proper brand inspections are completed than to break the livestock laws set forth in North Dakota Century Code. All cattle, horses and mules require brand inspection before leaving the state.
The only exceptions are for those being transported to the open markets in Montana and South Dakota. Producers who purchase livestock in other states or Canadian provinces that require brand inspection are also required to complete an inspection.
Those producers who don’t undergo an inspection will see their sale proceeds held on livestock purchased from another brand state or province.
Remember to contact your local brand inspector when you’re shipping cattle to market or to grass.








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