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Published March 27, 2012, 07:00 AM

SD Brand Board may raise inspection fee to $1 per head

The inspections are required for livestock in the counties of Harding, Butte, Lawrence, Pennington, Custer, Fall River, Perkins, Meade, Shannon, Corson, Dewey, Ziebach, Haakon, Stanley, Jackson, Jones, Mellette, Bennett, Todd, Lyman, Tripp and Gregory.

By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau

PIERRE — Six years since the last increase, the state Brand Board meets later this week to consider raising the fee for livestock ownership inspections.

The board holds a public hearing Wednesday afternoon on its proposal to charge $1 per head of cattle, horses and mules. The fee has been 80 cents since a five-cent increase was adopted in 2006.

The inspections are required for livestock in the counties of Harding, Butte, Lawrence, Pennington, Custer, Fall River, Perkins, Meade, Shannon, Corson, Dewey, Ziebach, Haakon, Stanley, Jackson, Jones, Mellette, Bennett, Todd, Lyman, Tripp and Gregory.

The inspections are necessary for livestock being transported out of the 22-county area, being transferred or sold to another owner, or being slaughtered or processed.

The purpose is to deter theft.

An average of 1,440,000 head of livestock per year received inspections in the past five years, according to the state brand office.

A 10-cent increase in the fee would produce an estimated $144,000 annually, while a 20-cent increase would generate an estimated $288,000.

The money underwrites expenses for operating the brand inspection program.

The hearing Wednesday is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Central in the Matthew Training Center in Pierre. The center is attached to the Foss Building at 523 East Capitol Ave., across from the Capitol and the Hyde Stadium baseball field.

The board also will consider increasing the charge to create a duplicate certificate for a registered brand to $5 from the present $2.

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