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AMY KIRK: The two-week long branding day

May 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Just because we got our calves branded recently doesn’t mean we’re done branding. We have to mull the day over for a couple more weeks and analyze the big event in detail.

Branding and vaccinating our calf crop is a big and important event for us …continue reading on

Brands enter digital age

May 23, 2013 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE Using a hot brand to permanently mark cattle and horses remains the legal proof of ownership in western South Dakota. But one piece of that Old West tradition is changing in the digital age. Continue Reading

Ear tags keep eye on US livestock

April 18, 2013 in The Daily Republic

SD rancher: New USDA plan better, but brands vital part of identification.
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SD lawmakers consider livestock inspection fees

April 2, 2013 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) A legislative panel is reviewing the state Brand Board’s decision to increase the fee for livestock inspections designed to prevent the theft of cattle, horses and mules in western South Dakota.
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SD panel endorses new fee for brand inspections

January 25, 2013 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee recommended legislation Thursday that could lead to a new fee for some types of livestock brand inspections. Continue Reading

Brand Board seeks end to horse, mule inspections

January 17, 2013 in The Daily Republic

SB 21 changes the term “livestock” to “cattle.” The legislation doesn’t address who should be responsible for abandoned horses.
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SD livestock inspection fee to increase Sept. 1

August 23, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) The fee for brand inspections designed to prevent the theft of cattle and horses in western South Dakota will increase on Sept. 1.
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SD Brand Board approves increase in livestock fee to 90 cents

June 27, 2012 in The Daily Republic

The 10-cent-a-head increase in inspection fees is intended to cover the agency’s costs for about three years. Continue Reading

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Standing Rock teens speak out about scars of cutting and branding

December 19, 2010 in INFORUM

MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. John Foster was 14 when he woke up with a raw and burning spot on his back after being passed out drunk. Someone had heated the flat side of a knife over a glowing red kitchen stove and seared a brand into his tender flesh. Continue Reading

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