Animal Agriculture

Animal Welfare
We support the humane treatment of animals, but will oppose and work to change any law elevating animals to the level of humans.

We support the North Dakota Board of Animal Health and the Johne's Advisory Committee in its continuation of the volunteer Johne's testing program.

In an animal dispute, all parties should attempt to resolve the issue before involving the authorities.

NDFB believes no action should be pursued by law enforcement on animal welfare complaints  based  on  anonymous  reports.

We believe animals should not be seized without approval from the State Veterinarian on behalf of the Board of Animal Health and until the owners have been afforded due process in the court of law.

We support NDFB working to strengthen animal owner's private property rights under North Dakota's existing animal cruelty and abuse legislation.

We believe two or more North Dakota licensed veterinarians, specialized in large animal health, should be consulted to determine animal neglect, abuse or cruelty prior to charges or seizure of livestock.

We oppose anti-agriculture activists or environmental groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which are detrimental to agriculture and private ownership of land and animals in North Dakota. We oppose the promotion of their agendas in schools and the use of state-funded media for this purpose.

We believe that when animals are sick or at risk of becoming sick they should be cared for in adherence with evidence-based standards of veterinary medicine to decrease suffering and production loss.

We oppose the Humane Society of the United States involvement in the training of law enforcement personnel in regard to animal cruelty regulations.

We support the responsible use of antibiotics and the science-based use of them in metaphylaxis.

In the absence of adequate federal funding, we urge the governor and the Emergency Commission to provide funding to the Board of Animal Health for testing and depopulating tuberculosis or brucellosis infected herds of both domestic and non-traditional livestock.

We support licensed North Dakota veterinarians prescribing medicines for livestock to ranchers or farmers who have a veterinary client patient relationship.

Brand Inspection and Animal Identification

We support the current North Dakota state brand program operated by the North Dakota Stockmen's Association and its use as a legally recognized form of identification and livestock proof of ownership.

We believe any animal identification program should be voluntary and market-driven.  We oppose any and all attempts to make it a mandatory, government-run program.

We support the use of ultra-high/high frequency electronic tags for federally mandated livestock traceability programs.

General Animal Ag

NDFB supports moving the Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) permitting process from the Department of Environment Quality to the Department of Agriculture.

We support the diversification of livestock classes and the increased capacity within the meat packing industry.

We believe, in years of drought, excessive water, and/or hay shortages, livestock shall take precedence over wildlife for the purpose of early haying and/or grazing on CRP acres.

We support the reinstatement of federal funding for meat inspectors in horse processing facilities. If this is not attained, we urge the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to work closely with other states to find a way to fund our inspectors.

We support labeling of U.S. commodities through the channels of free enterprise and entrepreneurship rather than a government mandated program.

NDFB opposes the removal of USDA inspectors from packing plants and any privatization of the inspection process.

We believe that livestock should take precedence over wildlife for the purpose of water access, haying and/or grazing on CRP acres.

We support efforts to expand all of the livestock industry in North Dakota


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