Re: Cattle Identification
Attention: Sarah Swenson:
Why do not cattlemen insert “microchip IDs” in the cattle as they do in
They would not be very easily removed at all—and would surely simplify
the procedure as well as decreasing costs!
Just was thinking about this after reading the article in WLJ.
I am retired now and have sold all our cattle since my husband (Clyde)
passed away in 1994.
Just always loved the cattle business!
Carner Hat C Ranch (no longer in business)
Long-term solutions required
Since BSE was discovered in Canada, a tangled web of media hype,
international politics, scientific investigation and economic theory
have intertwined to create strong opinions and ample miscommunication in
the cattle and beef industry.
After the events of the past months, one common theme has
emerged—Montana ranchers do not want the border reopened in a way that
jeopardizes their livelihood. Our livestock organizations are in
agreement on this. Our differences, however, come from two different
rationales. Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is concerned about
economic impact, while others promote fear in the safety of beef.
Other countries have closed their borders to U.S. beef exports because
we had a case of BSE. They do not make the distinction that it was not a
native born cow. Based on this, it is important to establish rules for
dealing with a minimal risk country. We must develop rules and protocol
that instill confidence in our consumers and trading partners.
MSGA has demanded that five very stringent requirements are met-based on
sound science, economics and fair trade. We realize that eventually,
trade will resume. And instead of demanding a complete and indefinite
closure, we are asking that reasonable, realistic conditions be met.
To promote Canadian beef as unsafe because they have had BSE in their
country is to set ourselves up for disaster if we ever have a native
case in the U.S. The December 23 case, although of Canadian origin, was
a shot across our bow. Industry experts agree it is quite possible that
we will discover an indigenous case, and we must be prepared.
It is imperative to maintain consumer confidence in our beef. With the
current food safety protocols in place, both in the U.S. and Canada, no
infectious BSE agent ever reaches the food supply. Beef is safe.
To attempt to protect our markets by using hysteria and scare tactics
will result in the shot going through our bow not over it.
Concern about opening Canadian border
The neighbors and I back in the hinterlands of Idahos’ Owyhees are a bit
confused and need enlightenment. We don’t savvy how opening the border
to Canadian live cattle in the face of confirmed BSE cases and
speculation over tainted livestock feed will encourage Japan to import
We refer to BSE, mad-cow disease, as wild cow disease because it’s
perceived as a wild card that’s being played at our industry and the
As the little boy admonished Shoeless Joe Jackson, “Tell us it ain’t so
Michael L. Hanley IV
Jordan Valley, OR
One Nation Under God
I was raised on a small ranch near Wild Horse, CO, and went to a country
school the first eight years. One room with eight grades, 21 children,
and one teacher. Looking back, I realize how wise my teacher was,
teaching all grades reading, writing, arithmetic, and English. Teachers
are not that versatile today.
Each morning we would pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States
of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under
God, with liberty and justice for ALL. I grew up understanding what
patriotism really was, having great respect for the President of the
USA, and reverence and faith in God. I was taught to honor my parents
and respect my fellow man.
Many things have changed in the last 40 to 50 years. Ten commandments
cannot be displayed in a public building. God and prayer has literally
been kicked out of our schools. Atheists are petitioning to remove God
from the Pledge of Allegiance and from our currency (in God we trust).
I’d like to remind these unbelievers that there are still places on
earth where they could go and not have to associate with God fearing
I have been traveling around the country extensively lately. My
awareness has increased to the people around me and how they react to
different situations. I was at the R-CALF Convention and we always ask
God’s blessing before meals and the same at the NCBA Convention. At one
NCBA meeting, we all stood to pledge allegiance to the flag (we did not
leave God out, he was right there). For the most part, these two
organizations are comprised of producers with a reverence for God and a
love for the land upon which they make their livelihood.
While in San Antonio, me being an Irishman, I decided to stop at Dirty
Nelly’s Irish Pub. It was a full house, people having a good time. Steve
Palmer was playing the piano and singing some Irish songs. Time was
taken to ask God’s blessing and protection on our soldiers at war. There
was a Viet Nam Veteran there who had been wounded and burned in service
to our country. He sang a song, then Steve asked all to stand and sing
the Star Spangle Banner.
Let me say, these are my kind of people. This is what America should be
Belle Fourche, SD