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Published May 18, 2010, 03:32 PM

Board backs hike in North Dakota cattle inspection charge

BISMARCK, 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.

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