FARGO — Cattle producers in North Dakota now have the option of using freeze branding as a way to show proof of ownership of their livestock. Under House Bill 1166, freeze branding became a legal method for ranchers to show ownership of cattle, according to a news release from the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. Freeze branding uses dry ice or liquid nitrogen to cool a branding iron, which is then pressed into an animal’s hide to mark it for identification purposes.
HAWLEY, Minn. — Two people are accused of mistreating animals after authorities found horses, sheep and lambs underweight and malnourished. Belinda Rae Erdman, 41, of Hawley, and Daniel Arnold Erdman, 42, of Perham, Minn., are each charged with two felony counts of mistreatment of animals and five misdemeanor counts of the same offense, according to documents filed Tuesday, April 30, in Clay County District Court.