Board backs hike in North Dakota cattle inspection chargeBISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Board of Animal Health is supporting a proposed increase in the state's cattle brand inspection fee.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Board of Animal Health is supporting a proposed increase in the state's cattle brand inspection fee.
The inspections are done to prove a rancher's ownership of livestock that is being shipped out of state. The proposal would raise the charge from 75 cents to $1 per animal.
The North Dakota Stockmen's Association runs the brand inspection program. A spokeswoman says the fee hasn't gone up in seven years.
State Veterinarian Susan Keller says the increase requires a public hearing, and it will probably be held in late June. Supporters of the increase want it to take effect before Oct. 1.
During a meeting Tuesday, board members rejected a proposal for a minimum $5 fee to inspect five or fewer cattle.