BRAND OFFICIALS' INVOLVEMENT IN ANIMAL SEIZURES - 18 (BT)
WHEREAS, statutes within the livestock chapter of the North Dakota Century Code allow for the seizure and forced sale of livestock protected under the state's brand laws resulting in a change of ownership; and
WHEREAS, the east and west river fieldmen and chief brand inspector of the NDSA are granted law enforcement authority to carry out state law.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the requirement that an NDSA licensed peace officer be involved before seizure and the possible sale of any livestock protected under North Dakota brand law prior to the animals being seized or removed from a premise.
FREEZE BRANDING FOR CATTLE - 17 (BT)
WHEREAS, livestock brands are important tools for ownership identification and marketing; and
WHEREAS, properly applied freeze brands yield easy-to-read, permanent identification on animals; and
WHEREAS, North Dakota Century Code accepts freeze brands as official proof of ownership for horses and mules, but disallows them for cattle; and
WHEREAS, other states across the country allow freeze brands on cattle as official proof of ownership and have not encountered problems with them.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA pursues legislation that would expand the use of freeze brands as legal proof of ownership on cattle along with horses and mules in North Dakota.
BRAND LAW ENFORCEMENT – 16 (BT)
WHEREAS, the NDSA was established to protect livestock producers against loss and theft; and
WHEREAS, North Dakota’s brand laws and brand programs are designed to achieve that goal; and
WHEREAS, NDSA brand officials work cooperatively with law enforcement agencies, state’s attorneys and others to bring forth justice in livestock-related cases.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA works to strengthen the enforcement of North Dakota’s livestock laws to enhance the protection of livestock producers.