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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr. (
Subject: Re: Docket No, 04-047-l Regulatory Identification No. (RIN) 091O-AF46 NEW BSE SAFEGUARDS (TSS submission)
Date: December 6, 2004 at 9:07 am PST

In Reply to: Docket No, 04-047-l Regulatory Identification No. (RIN) 091O-AF46 NEW BSE SAFEGUARDS (TSS submission) posted by TSS on December 5, 2004 at 9:32 am:

A few other commenters ;

August 9,2004

Docket Clerk

U. S-Department of Agriculture

Food and Safety and Inspection Service 04-021 ANPR

300 1 2 ~ Street, SW. 04-021 ANPR-64

Room 102 Cotton Annex Kurt Wiebensohn

Washington, DC 20250

We are writing to you in regards to the Docket No. 04-021ANPR which involves
BSE in

farm animals.

Sandy Bay Mink Ranch has been in business for forty-one years. We are a small

family owned company that employees about twenty full time employees. We

involved in two businesses. The first one is raising about 40,000 mink. The
second one is

picking up dead and down cow, calves, and horses. The two businesses work

together. The mink need a constant supply of fresh feed. The dead and down
that we pick

up from local farmers supplies about 60-70% of the #I6000 batch that we grind
and feed

daily. We also sell pet food to greyhound parks. Over 1 million pounds of

boneless denatured beef gets sold every year. We believe any ban would wipe
out one

business and seriously damage the mink ranch with the high cost of replacement

Sandy Bay Mink Ranch has been feeding the lung, liver, tripe, and whole carcasses

excluding the head and hooves to the mink for forty-one years and has never
had any

problem. They say this is the high risk of material for B X . If it is, don't
you think it

would have showed up in the mink after feeding them this material for all
these years?

Sandy Bay Mink Ranch picks up 8-10 thousand cows and 18-20 thousand calves

year. We are currently involved in the Aphis BSE Surveillance testing. Sandy
Bay Mink

Ranch believes continued testing of all subject animals would be the best
action instead

of a ban. If any animal would be found, only that animal would be dis~osed
of There

would be no reason to destroy an entire industry! We pick up farmers animals
in about a

fifty mile radius. That adds up to about 30,000 carcasses or about 14 million
pounds of

decaying animals lying on a local farm land or compost piles. What about
local water

supply and the smell from all these decaying carcasses? Landfills won't take
it because it

will become hazardous material. We are only a small part of a large industry

Wisconsin. There are many other companies doing what we do. If you add it
all up you

will have a big stink on your hands. Please consider testing or random testing
as a

solution not a ban. We will be put out of business. There has only been one
animal found

from Canada. There is no problem in the United States.


Kurt Wiebensohn, partner

Sandy Bay Mink Ranch, LLC

2228 Cherney Road

Mishicot, WI 54228


04-02 1 AN PR

04-02 1 AN PR-67

Lynnell Haynes


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August 11,2004

Docket Clerk

U. S. De rtment of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service R" 300
12' Street S W Room 102 Cotton Annex

Washington, DC 20250

Dock& # 04-02IANPR

To mom It May Concern,

G.A. O.B., Inc is a company that distributes inedible beef products to

greyhound tracks, greyhound farms, zoos, and pets. It is a smaN

independent business that will be put out of business with the over killl

Docket # 04-02 IANPR

fiere has been only one case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)

in the United States. This case linking back to a Canadian source cow

that was imported prior to 1997. These results show the effectiveness of

our federal laws and regulations that were established in 1989 and 1997.

Instilling more ridged regulations will only proceed to increase the costs

and decrease the benefits to rendering plants, processing plants, f m s ,

consumers, and distributors, m myself: Docket # 04-021ANPR will only

add to our current laws by having a trickle down efect; negatively

impacting many small independent businesses.

I do feel confidently in our current laws. With monitoring of importation

by the USDA 's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, BSE has not

evolved in the United States as other countries. I appreciate your time

and consideration.

G.A.O. B., Inc., President

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