SDSGA applauds change to brand investigators

Jan 21, 2011
by WLJ

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDS- GA) is very pleased to learn of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s decision to move brand investigators to the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) under the authority of the state attorney general.

SDSGA believes this move is good public policy. It will result in improved training for brand investigators and provide the opportunity for more efficient work force management. We believe this move will result in more successful prosecutions of brand law violations.

“This is a great move for South Dakota livestock producers who are protected by the brand inspection program,” said Stockgrowers’ president Kenny Fox.

“South Dakota’s brand inspection program is an essential tool in safeguarding livestock against theft.

Putting the brand investigators under the DCI will make those investigators more effective, and that’s good for producers.”

Past President Ken Knuppe said, “The Stockgrowers have promoted this change for many years and we are pleased to see Gov. Daugaard take the initiative and institute this constructive public policy.” — WLJ