Changes to livestock brand inspection procedures adopted

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A bill that creates brand inspection service areas was passed by lawmakers March 31.

LB768, introduced by Ogallala Sen. Ken Schilz, revises the fee calculation for feedlots and dairies by basing the calculation on capacity only upon an initial application. The bill also uses annual average inventory for calculating the fee for subsequent renewals to reflect current practices.

The bill incorporates provisions of LB846, a bill originally introduced by Hyannis Sen. Al Davis. It creates a brand inspection service area to include any Nebraska county, or portion thereof, immediately adjacent to the mandatory brand inspection area.

The measure also requires that the amount of federal beef checkoff collected under the Federal Beef Promotion and Research Order be enumerated on a bill of sale.

Senators passed the bill on a 49-0 vote.

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