- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Members of the North Dakota Holstein Association want the state to exempt Canadian dairy cattle from a branding requirement, relying instead on other forms of identification.

Canadian cattle brought into North Dakota are required to be branded with the letters CAN, so they can be traced in the event of a disease outbreak. The Holstein Association says the brand lowers the show value of the animals, and members have asked the state Board of Animal Health to waive the brand requirement for registered dairy cattle, The Bismarck Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1DRnRbq ).

Cattle that do well at shows might rise three to four times in value over other dairy cows, said Dave Olson, an association board member from Drake.

“The show ring is part of our marketing, he said.

Cows have other markers indicating their country of origin, such as a radio-frequency identification tag and an ear tattoo. CAN brands are required in many northern states, but others including South Dakota have exemptions for registered animals.



North Dakota board members said they worry about opening the door to requests from other groups, such as beef cattle associations.

“Setting a precedent is what concerns me,” Board Chairman Melvin Leland said.

The board will decide on the request later.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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