PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Brand Board announces an increase in the brand inspection fee to 90 cents per head, effective Sept. 1, 2012.
The brand inspection fee has been 80 cents since 2007.
Higher costs of the inspection program necessitated the larger fee that is charged for required ownership inspections of cattle, horses and mules before their sale, slaughter or removal from the Livestock Ownership Inspection Area west of the Missouri River.
State Brand Board Director Larry Stearns also reminds ranchers that, as of July 1, leaving the ownership inspection area without inspection is a Class 1 misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of $2,000 and one year in jail.
Because the drought has prompted earlier fall cattle sales, Stearns says producers needing local inspections should contact their brand inspector as early as possible before shipping day to avoid delays.
For more information on the inspection fee or to contact an inspector, call the South Dakota State Brand Board at 877-574-0054 or visit www.sdbrandboard.com