The North Dakota brand renewal period will soon come to a close. Brandowners wanting to keep their livestock brands have until Dec. 31, 2015, to renew them before they expire on Jan. 1, 2016. The North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA), which administers the state's brand recording program, issued approximately 23,000 renewal forms in July. NDSA Brand Recorder Rachael Preusse said more than half of the renewals have already been returned, but thousands still remain in the countryside.
To renew a brand, simply complete the brand renewal form and return it and the appropriate fee to 407 S. 2nd St., Bismarck, ND 58504, by Dec. 31. The cost is $25 per brand per position per species.
Detailed instructions (including those about how to add a new owner or remove a deceased owner) can be found on the brand renewal form, at www.ndstockmen.org or by calling (701) 223-2522.
Preusse encourages producers to return their renewals as soon as possible to avoid any last-minute renewal issues and, ultimately, problems when marketing their livestock.
The state requires all brands to be renewed at the end of each five-year period. Once renewed, brands will be valid until Dec. 31, 2020.
The NDSA still has boxes of returned brand renewal forms that came back because of changed or insufficient addresses. Any brandowners who have not received their brand renewal form should contact the NDSA immediately.
Source: North Dakota Livestock Association