North Dakota Stockmen’s Association names Anderson honorary local brand inspector

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The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) awarded Paul Anderson of Leonard, N.D., the 2015 Honorary Local Brand Inspector Award during the NDSA’s 86th Annual Convention & Trade Show on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Bismarck, N.D.

Anderson started brand inspecting in 1970 under then-Chief-Brand-Inspector Millard Lund. He has worked for every chief since, covering the majority of brand inspections in the Sheyenne River Valley in southeast North Dakota.

In the past six years, Anderson is credited with inspecting nearly 45,000 head in the region.

He and his wife Judy also run a commercial Angus- and Limousin-cross cow-calf operation on their third generation ranch. The ranch was originally homesteaded in 1904 by Anderson’s grandparents on a mix of private and federal land. The NDSA honored the Andersons with its 2007 Rancher of the Year Award for the family’s work to protect and promote the cattle industry and western heritage.

Anderson is best known as a good-natured and reliable brand inspector who takes great pride in his inspection work, his cattle and his family, NDSA Chief Brand Inspector Stan Misek said.

“Paul is the example of a hardworking, reliable inspector that we build our local inspection force upon,” Misek said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to honor Paul for his many years of service to the NDSA and the state’s livestock producers.”