South Dakota: West River livestock require ownership inspection
PIERRE – Drought in western South Dakota has accelerated fall cattle sales, and the state Brand Board reminds livestock producers that ownership inspections of cattle, horses and mules are required before their sale, slaughter or removal from the Livestock Ownership Inspection Area, located west of the Missouri River.
No one may transport any cattle, horses or mules from the Livestock Ownership Inspection area without an inspection by the Brand Board, unless the shipper possesses a local inspection certificate, market clearance document, shipper’s permit, convoy certificate, lifetime horse transportation permit or an annual horse permit.
A local inspection certificate is valid for transportation of livestock out of the inspection area only on the date issued. A shipper’s permit may be acquired up to 48 hours prior to shipment.
Enforcement checkpoints will be set up along the border of the Livestock Ownership Inspection Area to check for violations of South Dakota brand laws.
Livestock being removed from the ownership inspection area without authorization may be impounded by any law enforcement officer until the animals are inspected for ownership by an authorized brand inspector.
The penalty for unauthorized removal is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries up to a $2,000 fine, a maximum of one year in jail, or both.
To receive a brand inspection, the shipper must contact a brand inspector and allow the inspector ample time to provide it. A shipper’s permit may be acquired by calling the Brand Board office.
For more information on how to acquire brand inspections a shipper’s permit, call the South Dakota State Brand Board at 877-574-0054 or visit http://www.sdbrandboard.com. F
– South Dakota State Brand Board
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