Effective July 1, 2013, the brand inspection fee will be $1.00 per head
SD BRAND BOOK IS ONLINE
The South Dakota Brand Board
along with ERC Computing and South Dakota BIT are
happy to have completed the steps necessary to put
the Brand Book online.
Brands that cancelled following the 2010 renewal are now available for review at the Brand Board office. One must apply for these brands as they also are subject to a conflict check. Please stop into the Brand Office if you are interested.
605-773-3324 or 877-574-0054
South Dakota brand law dates back to Dakota Territory
1862. At that time, the Land Office was required to maintain a record of
brands in the county or area. In 1897, a Brand and Mark Committee was
by the Legislature to oversee the registration of livestock brands. The Committee published a
Brand Book in 1898-99 containing 2,066 registered brands. This Committee was dissolved in 1925
when the Legislature transferred brand registration authority to the Department
of Agriculture Division of Animal Industry under the supervision of the Department Secretary.
When the State Legislature convened in 1937, the State
Brand Board was created and given authority for livestock brand registration and ownership inspection. The board has Quasi Judicial, Quasi
Legislative, Administrative and Special Budgetary functions. The Board is comprised
of five members who are appointed by the Governor for a three-year
term. The board operates entirely on user fees generated from livestock brand
registration, renewals, transfers and inspections. No general fund money is used by
The Board provides a
program for livestock brand registration, ownership
inspection and livestock theft and fraud investigation
and brand law violations. The board employs a Director
to administer the operation and financial affairs of the
Brand Office. The board also employs a Chief
Investigator and two Criminal Investigators who are
certified law enforcement officers with authority to
investigate and enforce brand laws and a Chief Brand
Inspector and a group of Brand Inspectors who carry out
the brand inspection program.
To provide livestock owners with a system of livestock identification through brand registration.
To assure proper ownership of livestock by brand inspection at time of sale or prior to removal of livestock from the ownership inspection area.
To investigate livestock loss or theft and apprehend persons
accused of violating brand laws.
The Brand Board Office
maintains a record of over 26,000 registered livestock
brands. It also provides for the transfer of brand
ownership, the registration of new brands and the
renewal of registered brands. Every five years all
brands registered in South Dakota are renewed by the
brand owners. After each renewal period the Brand
Board publishes a Brand Book of all currently registered
The Board provides livestock ownership
inspection which is required at auction markets and at
public and private sales located west of the Missouri
River in South Dakota. Inspection is also provided
at designated points located outside the South Dakota
livestock ownership inspection area.