Goehring says livestock director will be missed

BISMARCK – The longtime director of the Livestock Development Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is leaving his position.

Wayne Carlson announced that he will retire, effective April 11, 2014.

“Wayne's absence will definitely be felt both in the department and throughout the livestock sector in North Dakota,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “His commitment to and his comprehensive knowledge of the livestock industry and his institutional memory are valuable assets that will be difficult to replace.”

Goehring said a search is now underway for Carlson's successor.

A Washburn native, Carlson is a graduate of North Dakota State University and earned a master's degree in business from the University of North Dakota. From 1974 to 1993, he farmed and ranched near Washburn. In 1993 he was named Livestock Director for NDDA.

Livestock Development includes duties and functions related to dairy production, feed registration, livestock sales, meat inspection, animal waste management and animal damage control.

Carlson and his wife, Denise, live in Mandan. They have two grown children.