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Rustling costs ranchers millions in poor economy By JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Even with cattle theft rampant in much of the nation’s midsection, Oklahoma rancher Ryan Payne wasn’t worried about anyone messing with his cows and calves. By his estimation, his pasture is so far off the beaten path “you […]

R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America   “Fighting for the U.S. ! Cattle Producer”   For Immediate Release                                                                         Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard December 22, 2011                                                                                          Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa@r-calfusa.com   8 Days (Now 10) of Opposition to USDA’s Proposed Mandatory Animal Identification Rule:  Part IX of X-Part Series Billings, Mont. – To minimize the […]

R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America   “Fighting for the U.S. ! Cattle Producer”   For Immediate Release                                                                         Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard December 21, 2011                                                                                          Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa@r-calfusa.com   8 Days (Now 10) of Opposition to USDA’s Proposed Mandatory Animal Identification Rule:  Part VIII of X-Part Series Billings, Mont. – To minimize the […]

Rustling costs ranchers millions in poor economy By JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Even with cattle theft rampant in much of the nation’s midsection, Oklahoma rancher Ryan Payne wasn’t worried about anyone messing with his cows and calves. By his estimation, his pasture is so far off the beaten path “you […]

Editor Comment:  Rumblings from US cattle producers over USDA removing branding, their time tested tool to prevent cattle rustling, has reached the businss ears at WALL STREET JOURNAL.  This article articulates the problem, yet straddles the fence of detail and fact.  First, the “inexpensive ear tag” mentioned costs from $7 to $26 per critter and […]

Note:Sec Vilsack knows that 16% of the US 2010 consumed beef was imported. He knows that for the last 21 years the USA has not produced enough beef to feed the nation. Why then, pray tell, does he think it is important to export beef to China, much of which has to be purchased outside […]

An electronic animal ID system has been the passion of USDA for over 18 years. Recently, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that hot iron branding was an acceptable form of future animal ID. History completely agrees with the secretary’s findings. Branding History The western cowboy did not invent hot iron branding. The documented history […]

USDA wanting to end Fire Branding as means of ID We should have known this would happen! Now USDA is planning to de list the hot-iron brand from the list of “official animal identification devices.” As all cattle producers know, the hot iron ID and holding brand system is the basis of historic permanent ID. […]