• If you are having problems logging in please use the Contact Us in the lower right hand corner of the forum page for assistance.

Cdn cattlemen vow to fight Montana inspections

Help Support Ranchers.net:

waterloo_boy

Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2005
Messages
22
Reaction score
0
Location
ne alberta
canada news
Friday, Jul 22, 2005


Canadian cattlemen vow to fight extra inspections on shipments to Montana

EDMONTON (CP) - Additional inspections of Canadian cattle announced this week by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer are protectionist and politically self-serving, Canada's largest producer group charged Friday.
Shipments of live Canadian cattle started rolling across the Canada-U.S. border again earlier this week after a U.S. appeal court overturned a temporary injunction that blocked the border from reopening as scheduled back in March.

Schweitzer ordered government veterinarians Thursday to inspect cattle destined for Montana feedlots to ensure they're younger than 30 months, not pregnant and have a brand identifying them as Canadian - measures he said could cost up to $5 per head for the owners of the animals.

"This is disappointing, because this is a duplication of all the things the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are already doing," said John Masswohl, director of international relations for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association in Ottawa.


But it's not unexpected, he added.

"What we have felt all along, is that as we started to resume trade with the U.S., there would always be those people opposed to that and they would switch tactics and find new ways to restrict trade," Masswohl said.

"This just reinforces our resolve to build up our beef processing industry in Canada to be less reliant on shipping live animals into the U.S."

Schweitzer maintains he's taking the extra measures to ensure Canadian cattle coming into his state are free of mad cow disease.

The extra steps are being applauded by the state's own cattle industry, which has seen prices soar since the flow of Canadian cattle to the U.S. was cut off in May 2003, when the first Alberta cow tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association worries the cost per head could go much higher than $5, depending on whether veterinarians will require shipments of Canadian cattle to be unloaded before they're inspected.

Masswohl said if the new measures are strictly limited to cattle whose end destination is Montana, the state's new rules may have a very limited effect on Canadian producers.

The association is still trying to determine whether the same inspections would be performed on cattle simply being shipped through Montana to slaughter facilities in other states.

That would be a much bigger worry for Canadian producers, Masswohl suggested, because it could make it harder to ship cattle to slaughterhouses in neighbouring states such as Colorado, Washington and Idaho.

"Anything that happens that limits the logistical options almost by definition increases costs and then makes it less attractive to ship Canadian cattle into the U.S.," Masswohl said.

Schweitzer said he will urge governors in other states to do the same thing.

Masswohl said Canadian producers are counting on an American slaughter industry so starved for Canadian cattle that it would be prepared to fight similar measures in places like Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming.

Officials with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are also seeking to clarify Montana's new rules.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is questioning the legality of the governor's order.

Terri Teuber, a spokeswoman for the USDA in Washington, said Friday that agency attorneys had reviewed Schweitzer's order.

"We don't believe the state has the authority to charge a fee due to the burden it would cause on foreign commerce," she said. "With that said, we've not yet seen any proposed regulations or guidelines they intend to follow to conduct the inspections."

Schweitzer dismissed the legal concerns, saying, "We thank them for their advice, but meanwhile we will protect the interests of consumers and the cattle industry in Montana."

Teuber said the USDA believes any state order that would require ranchers to pay an additional fee is inappropriate.



© The Canadian Press, 2005


http://www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=canada_home&articleID=1986898
 

Chuckie

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 11, 2005
Messages
367
Reaction score
0
Location
northeast nebraska
this idiot "orders" these "safeguards"??? :roll: they are already REQUIRED by the USDA!!!!!!

so what's he? BMOC??? scares me so bad--who is so gullible that they'd belive he's anything but a little cock-rooster crowing about something that's already said and done, but trying to take credit for it? i think, only die-hard, lobotomized r-calf members......

as napoleon dynamite says "IDIOTS..!"
 

Big Muddy rancher

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 10, 2005
Messages
22,048
Reaction score
126
Location
Big Muddy valley
chuckie said:
this idiot "orders" these "safeguards"??? :roll: they are already REQUIRED by the USDA!!!!!!

so what's he? BMOC??? scares me so bad--who is so gullible that they'd belive he's anything but a little cock-rooster crowing about something that's already said and done, but trying to take credit for it? i think, only die-hard, lobotomized r-calf members......

as napoleon dynamite says "IDIOTS..!"

Hay Chuckie where you been? :cowboy:
 

agman

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 10, 2005
Messages
1,664
Reaction score
0
Location
Denver, CO
chuckie said:
this idiot "orders" these "safeguards"??? :roll: they are already REQUIRED by the USDA!!!!!!

so what's he? BMOC??? scares me so bad--who is so gullible that they'd belive he's anything but a little cock-rooster crowing about something that's already said and done, but trying to take credit for it? i think, only die-hard, lobotomized r-calf members......

as napoleon dynamite says "IDIOTS..!"
I said from the outset this would be found in violation of commerce laws. The justice department will get this squared away. You are right, this is just one more politician grandstanding and trying to secure a vote by trying to intervene knowing it won't stand up to a legal challenge. In the meantime he probably got one more R-Laugher to vote for him in the next election.
 

Chuckie

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 11, 2005
Messages
367
Reaction score
0
Location
northeast nebraska
BMR--work, church and bed, ya know? :) this sort of BS by politicians DRIVES ME NUTS!!!

and the thought that people are sucked into and so gullible (sp?) that they take a POLITICIAN'S word for ANYTHING, also drives me nuts. this guy seems to be a good example. just like all the creeps that tried to legislate terry schivo's life/death--did they care about her or anyone else in that position?? nope--they figured they'd get some votes. pigs....
 

Latest posts

Top