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Judge Permits Arguments on Older Cattle


2/23 14:54


- USDA Suffers Setback Against AMI Effort to Strike Ban

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones) -- A U.S. District Court judge denied Wednesday the government's request to strike two arguments made by the American Meat Institute in an effort to force the U.S. to lift its ban on Canadian cattle of all ages.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to lift the ban on Canadian cattle younger than 30 months on March 7.

The American Meat Institute, which represents U.S. beef processors, told Judge John Garrett Penn that USDA isn't justified in using a 30-month age level to distinguish cattle as less or more safe.

AMI also asked Penn to impose a 120-day deadline on USDA to make a decision on older cattle in the event the judge doesn't grant a preliminary injunction that would allow in Canadian cattle of all ages.

Penn denied the USDA's arguments to strike those two requests by AMI, but gave USDA until March 1 to file a response to the judge's denial.

USDA General Counsel Nancy Bryson told reporters that the judge's denial of the motion wasn't significant in the overall question of whether the preliminary injunction would be granted. Bryson said it was strictly a "procedural" issue.

USDA officials have said it can't lift the ban on Canadian cattle 30 months or older because no risk assessment has been performed.

Penn asked twice Wednesday when USDA could reach a decision on the older Canadian cattle. Tamara Ulrich, a lawyer representing USDA, twice said she had no answer, but stressed it was a "priority" for the department.

Lawyer Jonathan Abram, representing AMI, said the only reason USDA officials haven't performed a risk analysis on older Canadian cattle is because "they haven't gotten around to it."

Penn didn't say when he would decide on AMI's request for a preliminary injunction to lift the ban on Canadian cattle of all ages.

The USDA banned all Canadian cattle and beef in May 2003 after Canada reported a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad-cow disease. A few months later, in August, the USDA lifted the ban only on Canadian beef, so long as it was boneless and from cattle 30 months old or younger.

In December 2004, the USDA unveiled a plan to further open up trade with Canada by lifting its ban on live cattle younger than 30 months and beef from older animals by March 7. But less than two weeks ago, on Feb. 9, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns decided to postpone letting in the beef from older animals. Johanns told reporters earlier this month it may take six to 12 months for the U.S. to open its border to Canadian cattle that are 30 months of age or older and beef from those animals. (SK)
 

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Might go to show that packers have more clout than the USDA. Some have known this all along.
 
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Mike: "Might go to show that packers have more clout than the USDA. Some have known this all along."

If that's the case, perhaps you would like to explain why USDA is not allowing OTM cattle in from Canada when AMI filed suit to allow OTM cattle????



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~SH~ said:
Mike: "Might go to show that packers have more clout than the USDA. Some have known this all along."

If that's the case, perhaps you would like to explain why USDA is not allowing OTM cattle in from Canada when AMI filed suit to allow OTM cattle????
~SH~


USDA is not allowing OTM cattle because there is no risk assessment yet.
But then again, the border ain't open yet either.
 
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Ok, i will ask the question again,

If AMI wins and the judge rules that the border should be open to cattle of all ages, and then the montana judge rules in favor of RCalf....Who's injunction rules???? :roll:
 

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