Grace period for brands ends soon


As families gather for their annual Thanksgiving Day celebrations, it will be a good time for them to get their brand renewal forms signed and sent back to the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA),if they haven’t done so already, according to Brand Recorder Angela Walford. By law, brands are to be renewed every five years in North Dakota. Many completed that task before the brand renewal period ended in December 2010. For those who haven’t, a year-long grace period is coming to a close Dec. 31, 2011.

“That means, on Jan. 1, 2012, brands that were not renewed by their previous owners will be eligible for others to register, as long as the brand passes a conflict check,” Walford explained. To prevent that from happening, producers who haven’t renewed their brands, but want to keep them, should send in the blue renewal form that was sent in August 2010 and mail it along with the corresponding renewal fee to the NDSA office at 407 S. 2nd Street, Bismarck, ND 58504.

For new forms or questions about your brand, contact Walford at (701) 223-2522.

Source: North Dakota Stockmen’s Association