- Associated Press - Sunday, February 21, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota ranchers who didn’t meet the deadline for renewing their livestock brands can still secure their brands.

The renewal deadline was last Dec. 31. However, the Stockmen’s Association says state law provides for a one-year grace period that prevents an expired brand from immediately being picked up by a new owner.

Brand Recorder Rachael Preusse says ranchers with expired brands should complete the renewal process as quickly as possible to avoid issues when marketing livestock. Ranchers must complete the forms and pay $25 per brand.

The Stockmen’s Association operates the program under which brands must be renewed every five years. There are more than 23,000 livestock brands on record in North Dakota.

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