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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: Hundreds of Canadian cattle entering U.S. without ID tags, documents show
Date: February 21, 2007 at 4:12 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Hundreds of Canadian cattle entering U.S. without ID tags, documents show posted by TSS on February 19, 2007 at 10:41 am:

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USDA refutes Washington cattlemen's take on Canada cattle imports

By Tom Johnston on 2/21/2007 for

USDA officials are disputing a claim by Washington producers that hundreds of Canadian cattle have crossed the border without the proper paperwork.

Bruce Knight, the USDA official charged with investigating whether any federal trade infractions occurred, told Dow Jones Newswires that initial review indicates there have only been a handful of errors in state-level documentation in Washington.

Andrea McNally of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's legislative and public Affairs division said most of the problems found so far involved failures by feedlots to provide Washington State Veterinarian's Office with copies of "movement permits" when cattle were transported to slaughterhouses from feedlots.

Washington State Department of Agriculture spokesman Jason Kelly told reporters the state is intent on making sure Canadian cattle are heading directly to slaughter as required. He added that there is "no evidence that any Canadian cattle have moved outside of slaughter channels."

The law

Federal law stipulates that imported Canadian cattle must either be sent directly to slaughter or to a dedicated feedlot prior to slaughter, and that animals be slaughtered before they reach 30 months of age, McNally explained.

But Willard Wolf, a cattle broker and rancher and member of Cattle Producers of Washington, which uncovered the irregularities, told there is evidence indicating that Canadian animals, and many of them older than 30 months of age, are slipping through the cracks.

"The documents show that cattle are arriving without ear tags, health papers do not match seals on trucks, headcounts are off, and trucks are being opened by unauthorized personnel," he said.


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