For Immediate Release
Sept. 24, 2016
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North Dakota Stockmen’s Association names Dewitz, Soreide honorary local brand inspectors
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) awarded Joel Dewitz of Steele, N.D., and Carl Soreide of Bowman, N.D., the 2016 Honorary Local Brand Inspector Award during the NDSA’s 87th Annual Convention & Trade Show, “Rooted in Tradition, Growing for the Future,” on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Minot, N.D.
Joel Dewitz of Steele, N.D., started brand inspecting in 2000 under then-Chief-Brand-Inspector Dennis W. Krumm. Last year, Dewitz inspected more than 6,500 head of cattle in the region in 2015.
In addition to his brand inspection work, Dewitz, his wife, Nancy and his son, Jeff also manage the family’s 350-head Red Angus- Simmental-Cross cowherd on more than 5,000 acres near Steele. The family also raises corn, field peas and wheat. Joel and Nancy have two other children, Becky and Toby, and six grandchildren.
Carl Soreide of Bowman, N.D., began brand inspecting in 1995 under former Chief Brand Inspector Jack Chase. Soreide serves as an active local brand inspector in southwest North Dakota, inspecting more than 5,500 head in 2015 alone.
Soreide and his wife Nancy raised three children, Kate, Jake and Dan, while operating the family fencing business for 26 years and starting a ranch near Bowman, N.D. Today, the Soreides manage 3,000 acres and a 200-head cowherd utilizing Angus and Hereford genetics to raise black baldy heifer calves to be sold as replacements. Carl and Nancy also have four grandchildren.
“Joel and Carl are both solid examples of the hardworking, reliable inspectors that we build our local inspection force upon,” said NDSA Chief Brand Inspector Stan Misek. “We are happy to honor both Joel and Carl for their many years of dedicated service to the NDSA and the state’s livestock producers.”