Extra $1,000 added to livestock reward fund


The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) will be beefing up its reward fund by an additional $1,000, thanks to the generous donation of an anonymous North Dakota cattle producer this week.

NDSA Brand Board Chairman and Bowman, N.D., cattleman Steve Brooks said that the donor contacted NDSA staff on Wednesday, asking if he could provide some additional money for the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for two separate livestock shootings in Griggs County, N.D. One incident involved the killing of four horses. The other involved the killing of three head of cattle. Both cases were near Cooperstown.

“We are grateful for this generous donation, which will enhance our reward fund and hopefully encourage others to help bring whoever is responsible for these senseless livestock killings to justice,” said Brooks. “The Stockmen’s Association is committed to protecting North Dakota livestock producers and their livelihood.”

The NDSA has a standing reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person stealing, butchering or shooting cattle, horses or mules in North Dakota. The reward fund has a long history – established by western North Dakota cattle ranchers at the organization’s inaugural meeting in June 1929.

In the 1990s, the NDSA Board of Directors enhanced the standing reward, pledging to pay up to an additional $4,000 of the organization’s dues-paid revenue for information in cases involving NDSA members’ animals. The NDSA Board of Directors, with advice from the NDSA Brand Board, determines whether to pay the reward. This week’s donation will tack on an additional $1,000 to the offering.

NDSA East River Fieldman Fred Frederikson of Carrington is assisting in the investigation of the Griggs County cases. He, NDSA West River Fieldman Cody Cadwell of Grassy Butte and NDSA Chief Brand Inspector Stan Misek of Bismarck are licensed peace officers and are part of a broader statewide brand inspection team that identifies and verifies animals’ owners through the examination of marks and brands.

Source: North Dakota Stockmen’s Association