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President Leo McDonnell Delivers Strong Message at Wyoming State Fair


(Douglas, Wyo.) - Resounding applause greeted R-CALF USA President and Co-Founder Leo McDonnell during the recent Cattlemen's Forum held here during the Wyoming State Fair. He was invited to address fair-goers about the court injunction against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the agency's Final Rule to reopen U.S. borders to live Canadian cattle.



McDonnell opened his speech saying, "Thousands of R-CALF USA members across the nation thank Wyoming's congressional delegation: Senators Thomas and Enzi, and Congresswoman Cubin, for standing with - and for - U.S. cattle ranchers."
McDonnell also thanked Del Tinsley, publisher emeritus of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup, for organizing the program.



"Thanks to people like Del Tinsley, the truth gets told in Wyoming," said McDonnell.



"The border case is not against Canadian cattle ranchers, as some in the industry have tried to lead you to believe," McDonnell emphasized. "The injunction was against USDA and its attempt to liberalize our import, food safety and animal health standards and to reduce those standards well below internationally agreed upon and practiced standards, and if USDA is successful, such liberalizations will make a dumping ground out of the U.S. for meat and livestock other modern nations have banned."


McDonnell told the crowd there have been gross misrepresentations about what the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals did, and did not say, in reversing the preliminary injunction granted to R-CALF USA on March 2 to prevent the border from reopening to live Canadian cattle and additional beef products on March 7 as USDA had planned. The 9th Circuit's decision permitted live cattle and additional beef products to enter the U.S. from Canada since July 18. Canada is country reporting four cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) during the last 26 months.



"Some people, in the 'Beef Enquirer-type' of publications, have said the Appellate Court ruled against R-CALF's science, but that's simply not true," noted McDonnell. "The Appellate Court did not review the Administrative Record, which contained the science provided by not only the private sector, but also the scientific community.



"What the court did say was that government agencies have deference over the public when such disputes occur," he explained. "This is a chilling decision because it allows the government to govern themselves, instead of the people governing the government."
McDonnell also explained that USDA actions surrounding the BSE import liberalizations and the Canadian BSE findings provide several useful models, and have helped highlight not only USDA's agenda, but certain industry groups in the U.S. as well.



"Such extreme trade liberalizations, on top of the lack of international harmonization, help magnify USDA's failing trade policy, which has taken the U.S. from a nearly $30 billion trade surplus to a trade deficit this year," he pointed out. "In the case of our own industry, this explains the increasing lost market share to imports here in the U.S. not only during the past 20 years but also the current trade deficit in cattle and beef in both dollars and volume.


"The policies of USDA and groups like the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), such as having to ''give access to get access' are destroying our cattle markets and are threatening the lifeblood of the industry - the grassroots producer," McDonnell continued.



"USDA's import liberalizations are striking at the heart of our food safety and animal health import standards and highlight why USDA and other industry activist groups that support such liberalizations are so opposed to Mandatory Country-of-Origin labeling," he said. "USDA's actions are an example of the free trade extremist's agenda, which is embedded in a cheap food policy."
McDonnell recalled the June 9 BSE Roundtable hosted by USDA in Minneapolis and how it highlighted the agency's cheap food policy plan. At the meeting, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns stated that U.S. beef prices were too high.



"The Secretary was flanked on one side by NCBA, and on the other side by the American Farm Bureau Federation," McDonnell noted. "One of his reasons for liberalizing BSE import standards for Canada is to 'fast-track' the opening of the border."
McDonnell received a round of applause when he noted that, "Only one national organization has objected to that statement on behalf of U.S. cattle producers, and that's R-CALF USA."
A few years ago, R-CALF USA started out by seeking a trade investigation into the damaging trade practices other nations inflicted on U.S. cattle producers.



"R-CALF has continued to work to ensure trade does not harm U.S. cattle producers by advocating for fair and equitable trade legislation that seeks to put Americans first," said McDonnell. "R-CALF also has worked diligently on mandatory labeling laws; opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement; the injunction against USDA; as well as helping to expose the onerous agendas of organizations like NCBA and AFBF.



"The amicus brief by NCBA and AFBF, along with some of their splinter organizations, was filed in support of USDA's appeal to overturn the Canadian border injunction, and it supported opening U.S. borders to further Canadian beef and cattle," McDonnell explained. "In fact, the opening statement in a court brief from NCBA and AFBA stated they supported USDA and encouraged the court to vacate the order granting the preliminary injunction.



"Cattlemen need to know which organizations are supporting them, and which organizations are opposing them, so I stand before you here today in the great state of Wyoming to say that R-CALF USA is your organization and it's representing your interests in an honest, forthright manner," he said. "I'm proud of what we've accomplished and I look forward to a brighter future for U.S. cattlemen. R-CALF USA will be the catalyst for a whole new era in the U.S. cattle industry."

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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) represents thousands of U.S. cattle producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. R-CALF USA, a national, non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF USA's membership consists primarily of cow-calf operators, cattle backgrounders, and feedlot owners. Its members - over 18,000 strong - are located in 47 states, and the organization has over 60 local and state association affiliates, from both cattle and farm organizations. Various main street businesses are associate members of R-CALF USA. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516.
 
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McDonnell: "The border case is not against Canadian cattle ranchers, as some in the industry have tried to lead you to believe," McDonnell emphasized. "The injunction was against USDA and its attempt to liberalize our import, food safety and animal health standards and to reduce those standards well below internationally agreed upon and practiced standards, and if USDA is successful, such liberalizations will make a dumping ground out of the U.S. for meat and livestock other modern nations have banned."

CONSCIENCE CLEANSING!

This is another of Leo's many lies. Nobody has to look any further than the fact that R-CULT filed a dumping case against Canada prior to the BSE excuse.

This has everything to do with Canadian live cattle imports and nothing to do with USDA.


Leo McDonnell: "The Appellate Court did not review the Administrative Record, which contained the science provided by not only the private sector, but also the scientific community."

The Appellate Court reviewed everything that R-CULT presented in court the first time.

Typical excuse making for a failed case.


Leo McDonnell: ""Such extreme trade liberalizations, on top of the lack of international harmonization, help magnify USDA's failing trade policy, which has taken the U.S. from a nearly $30 billion trade surplus to a trade deficit this year," he pointed out. "In the case of our own industry, this explains the increasing lost market share to imports here in the U.S. not only during the past 20 years but also the current trade deficit in cattle and beef in both dollars and volume.'

Sure, now Leo quotes the trade figures in live cattle and beef because after BSE, it supports his "gloom and doom" isolationist attitudes about trade. What about the 7 years prior to BSE Leo?

STILL THE SAME DECEPTIVE INDIVIDUAL HE ALWAYS WAS!


Quote: "The policies of USDA and groups like the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), such as having to ''give access to get access' are destroying our cattle markets and are threatening the lifeblood of the industry - the grassroots producer," McDonnell continued.

Leo realizes that without a crisis, their "gloom and doom" organization is on a slipperly slope.

NCBA's give access to get access has resulted in a 7 year $1.3 "BILLION" dollar trade surplus prior to BSE in Canada which R-CULT is willing to give up in their haste to blame imports.


Leo McDonnell: "R-CALF has continued to work to ensure trade does not harm U.S. cattle producers by advocating for fair and equitable trade legislation that seeks to put Americans first," said McDonnell. "R-CALF also has worked diligently on mandatory labeling laws; opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement; the injunction against USDA; as well as helping to expose the onerous agendas of organizations like NCBA and AFBF."

R-CULT voted against CAFTA. I guess they wanted those 40% Tarriffs to continue from those Central American countries that are not meeting their quotas now.


Leo McDonnell: ""Cattlemen need to know which organizations are supporting them, and which organizations are opposing them, so I stand before you here today in the great state of Wyoming to say that R-CALF USA is your organization and it's representing your interests in an honest, forthright manner," he said."

HONESTY???????

R-CULT lied about the safety of Canadian beef.
R-CULT lied about USDA
R-CULT lied about CAFTA
R-CULT lied about the safety standards in Canada.
R-CULT lied about the impacts of packer concentration and captive supplies.

HONEST????

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

R-CULT's whole reason for being is based on deception and lies.

R-CULT is a joke!



~SH~
 

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sh,posted
NCBA's give access to get access has resulted in a 7 year $1.3 "BILLION" dollar trade surplus prior to BSE in Canada which R-CULT is willing to give up in their haste to blame imports.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! evrybody needs a trading pardner like these guys,maybe the canadian rancher needs to support R CALF,get a fair shake for once,its obvious per your statement they did'nt get one with the mncba................good luck
 
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HAY MAKER said:
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NCBA's give access to get access has resulted in a 7 year $1.3 "BILLION" dollar trade surplus prior to BSE in Canada which R-CULT is willing to give up in their haste to blame imports.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! evrybody needs a trading pardner like these guys,maybe the canadian rancher needs to support R CALF,get a fair shake for once,its obvious per your statement they did'nt get one with the mncba................good luck

Yeah - SH makes it sound like in the 7 years prior to BSE border closure we were getting good prices-- I seem to remember $50-60 fats, $70 calves, and $20 cull cows during times in that period- so we should be thanking NCBA :???:
 
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OT: "Yeah - SH makes it sound like in the 7 years prior to BSE border closure we were getting good prices-- I seem to remember $50-60 fats, $70 calves, and $20 cull cows during times in that period- so we should be thanking NCBA"

Once again, you prove just how ignorant you really are about market fundamentals.

If we did not have our trade surplus in those years your prices would have been lower and that is a fact.

Our trade surplus and the value of the beef checkoff can only do so much against increased supplies and decreased consumer spending on beef. Unfortunately, the value of each is masked by lower prices due to increased supplies and decreased consumer spending on beef.

I wouldn't expect an R-CULT blamer like you to understand that when you need someone or something to blame for lower cattle prices.

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO BLAME THE CONSUMER????



~SH~
 

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~SH~ said:
OT: "Yeah - SH makes it sound like in the 7 years prior to BSE border closure we were getting good prices-- I seem to remember $50-60 fats, $70 calves, and $20 cull cows during times in that period- so we should be thanking NCBA"

Once again, you prove just how ignorant you really are about market fundamentals.

If we did not have our trade surplus in those years your prices would have been lower and that is a fact.

Our trade surplus and the value of the beef checkoff can only do so much against increased supplies and decreased consumer spending on beef. Unfortunately, the value of each is masked by lower prices due to increased supplies and decreased consumer spending on beef.

I wouldn't expect an R-CULT blamer like you to understand that when you need someone or something to blame for lower cattle prices.

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO BLAME THE CONSUMER????



~SH~

minimizing decreased spending on beef is the sole purpose the check off exists,they start doing their job,instead of pandering to packers,you would not have seen $60 fats,they sit around all day telling each other how smart they are till they believe it.
I believe if they had a lil competition they would go to work instead of taking credit for fads like the adkins diet................good luck
 

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I say we find the fool who hooked up SH's internet and string him up. Anybody with me?
 
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~SH~ said:
OT: "Yeah - SH makes it sound like in the 7 years prior to BSE border closure we were getting good prices-- I seem to remember $50-60 fats, $70 calves, and $20 cull cows during times in that period- so we should be thanking NCBA"

Once again, you prove just how ignorant you really are about market fundamentals.

If we did not have our trade surplus in those years your prices would have been lower and that is a fact.

Our trade surplus and the value of the beef checkoff can only do so much against increased supplies and decreased consumer spending on beef. Unfortunately, the value of each is masked by lower prices due to increased supplies and decreased consumer spending on beef.

I wouldn't expect an R-CULT blamer like you to understand that when you need someone or something to blame for lower cattle prices.

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO BLAME THE CONSUMER????



~SH~

Twenty years of excuses like that don't cut it SH- Time to give something else a try!
 

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I say we find the fool who hooked up SH's internet and string him up. Anybody with me?

I have wanted to string ole SH** up more than once,count me in..........good luck
 
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OT,

Your ignorance was exposed when fat cattle prices continued to climb after Canadian beef imports resumed.

Your ignorance was exposed again after the Canadian border opened and calf prices remained relatively stable.

You blamers simply do not understand what does and what does not affect cattle markets.

What happened to the captive supply and packer concentration excuse when fat cattle prices were bringing $117?

Yeh, that's what I thought!

BLAME AWAY but the truth will reveal itself like it has over and over.

The fact is you R-CULT blamers don't have a clue what drives our markets and you never have.


~SH~
 

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HAY MAKER said:
~SH~ said:
OT: "Yeah - SH makes it sound like in the 7 years prior to BSE border closure we were getting good prices-- I seem to remember $50-60 fats, $70 calves, and $20 cull cows during times in that period- so we should be thanking NCBA"

Once again, you prove just how ignorant you really are about market fundamentals.

If we did not have our trade surplus in those years your prices would have been lower and that is a fact.

Our trade surplus and the value of the beef checkoff can only do so much against increased supplies and decreased consumer spending on beef. Unfortunately, the value of each is masked by lower prices due to increased supplies and decreased consumer spending on beef.

I wouldn't expect an R-CULT blamer like you to understand that when you need someone or something to blame for lower cattle prices.

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO BLAME THE CONSUMER????



~SH~

{"minimizing decreased spending on beef is the sole purpose the check off exists,they start doing their job,instead of pandering to packers,you would not have seen $60 fats,they sit around all day telling each other how smart they are till they believe it.
I believe if they had a lil competition they would go to work instead of taking credit for fads like the adkins diet................good luck
"

It seems impossible anyone could be so ignorant of Beef Checkoff rules as you appear in this post, Haymaker, so you must be deliberately mis-informing in an attempt to turn ranchers against their own very successful self-help program. FACT: checkoff money CANNOT and IS NOT used to "pander to packers. NO ONE is "sitting around all day telling each other how smart they are". However, MANY cattle producer volunteers and NCBA staff people ARE diligently and effectively accomplishing the long slow process of showing consumers just how nutritious and good for them beef is.

MRJ}
 

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