South Dakota Stockgrowers Association will hold a meeting at the Stockgrower office in Rapid City at 10 a.m. on Jan. 3. A member of the State Brand Board will be on hand to explain proposed changes in the brand laws. Anyone with an interest in the brand laws of South Dakota is urged to attend this meeting.
Some of the proposed changes involve "holds" such as an inspector placing a hold on an estray outside of a livestock market; the ability of the Brand Board to assess civil penalties; agreements with markets outside of the brand inspection area; an increase in the cap on both cattle and horse inspection fees; and a proposal to move some violations from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 2 misdemeanor.
Stockgrower president Larry Nelson, Buffalo, said, "It is important for producers and anyone who has occasion to use the brand laws to understand the importance of these changes whether they agree to them or not."