From July 1, 2021 forward, Brian Gader dba Gader Cattle Co. (Gader Cattle) is unbonded and is not licensed as either a Livestock Dealer or Livestock Dealer’s Agent in North Dakota.
To transact business as a livestock dealer, a person must be licensed. N.D.C.C. § 4.1-83-02. A livestock dealer must also be bonded. N.D.C.C. § 4.1-83-05. Further, to act as an agent of a livestock dealer, a person must be licensed. N.D.C.C. § 4.1-83-13.
On March 24, 2021, the Agriculture Commissioner issued Gader Cattle, a permanent cease and desist order, ordering it to permanently stop engaging in all activities governed by N.D.C.C. ch. 4.1-83, specifically the buying and selling of livestock.
Also on March 24, 2021, the Agriculture Commissioner suspended Gader Cattle’s livestock dealer license for violations of N.D.C.C. §§ 4.1-83-19 (1) and (9).
On May 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) informed Gader Cattle that its livestock dealers surety bond would terminate on June 24, 2021. The USDA further informed Gader Cattle that, unless it possessed a new bond securing the performance of his livestock obligations, it must discontinue all livestock operations for which bonding is required under the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921.
On June 24, 2021, Gader Cattle’s livestock dealer surety bond terminated. Since that time, Gader Cattle has not been bonded.
On June 30, 2021, Gader Cattle’s annual North Dakota Livestock Dealer’s License expired. Gader Cattle did not apply, and has not applied, for a renewal of its license. Since that time, Gader Cattle has not been licensed.
Engaging in the act of buying cattle while unlicensed violates N.D.C.C. § 4.1-83-02. Acting as an unlicensed agent buying cattle for others violates N.D.C.C. § 4.1-83-13.
A person who violates any provision of N.D.C.C. ch. 4.1-83 is guilty of a class A misdemeanor and, as a corresponding civil infraction, is subject to a civil penalty of up to $5000 for each violation. N.D.C.C. §§ 4.1-83-30.