SD Lawmakers Approve Livestock Inspection Fees

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel has approved 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.
The unanimous vote Tuesday by the Rules Review Committee allows the Brand Board to go ahead with its plan to boost the inspection fee from 90 cents a head to $1. The increase is intended to keep the brand inspection program in the black for a few more years.
Brand Board officials say the 10-cent-a-head increase is needed because the lingering drought will cause fewer cattle to be sold in the next few years.
Brand inspections are required when cattle, horses or mules are sold, slaughtered or moved out of the inspection area west of the Missouri River.

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