The North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Development Division oversees livestock licensing, dairy and poultry, livestock pollution prevention, wildlife services, meat and poultry inspection, livestock development and feed.
Among its many duties, the division licenses and establishes bonds for livestock dealers and auction markets; inspects dairy farms, processing plants, milk transfer stations, milk bulk trunks, samplers, haulers and distribution facilities; inspects licensed commercial egg producers and licenses and sets bonds for hatcheries. The division assists producers and processors in expanding and promoting the state’s livestock industry, and works with the North Dakota Dairy Coalition to expand the state’s dairy industry.
The division includes the state meat inspection program, which inspects official and custom exempt meat and poultry processing establishments, ensures the meat industry achieves compliance with state and federal regulations, conducts in-commerce surveillance activities, works with the ND Meat Processors Association to expand the industry and provides consultation and education to the meat and poultry industry. The meat inspection program also contracts with USDA to review retail outlets for country-of-origin labeling and provide meat grading services.
The division helps producers install manure containment systems through cost-share funding assistance, advises producers on nutrient management, project planning, and environmental regulations,
The division also registers all pet food sold in the state, maintains a label file of commercial feeds sold in the state, licenses commercial feed manufacturers and retailers, and samples feed products to ensure that nutritional content matches label claims.
Note: The North Dakota Brand program is administered by the North Dakota Stockmen's Association. Please contact the North Dakota Stockmen's Association office at 701-223-2522 for questions regarding Brands and the North Dakota Brand program.