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Subject: AgWeb Poll: U.S. Ranchers say NO to restarting cattle trade with Canada
Date: January 25, 2005 at 1:42 pm PST

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Subject: AgWeb Poll: U.S. Ranchers say no to restarting cattle trade with Canada
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005 14:19:00 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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AgWeb Poll: U.S. Ranchers say no to restarting cattle trade with Canada

- 1/25/2005
by Steve Cornett

The new secretary of agriculture's first press conference

Monday was dominated by BSE questions with few firm answers. No wonder
this disease makes cows "mad." It makes cattle producers mad as well.
USDA has sent another study group north, where the National Cattlemen's
Beef Association task force is already studying the situation in Canada.

The secretary, like any good politician with a hot potato, was
non-committal on the Canadian border. More information, especially about
how well they followed the feed ban up there.

But cattle producers don't seem to share his ambivalence. They don't
want USDA to open the border to Canadian cattle.
That opinion fairly screamed from the results of an online poll we
conducted last week at AgWeb Media. The results were overwhelming: by a
3-1 margin, they want USDA to withdraw its final rule allowing the entry
of live cattle from Canada.

There were almost as adamant about shutting down trade with any country
with any BSE, and favoring a ban of animal byproducts in all animal
feeds. By a margin of nearly 4-1 respondents favor allowing packers to
conduct voluntary testing for BSE to please customers.

The respondents-perhaps cognizant of the ongoing threat of a domestic
case of the disease-were more evenly split when the question was whether
trade rules should allow embargo of all beef from any verified case of BSE.

Interestingly, 3 of 4 respondents feel USDA is "doing enough" to find
BSE in the domestic herd. A few did offer suggestions for other steps
they felt were justified, ranging from universal testing to indemnity
programs to give the testing program access to more cattle that die

Now that a third Canadian cow has been diagnosed with BSE, do you think
that USDA should withdraw its final rule allowing the importation of
live cattle from Canada?
Yes: 73.9%
No: 26.1%

Should we ban imports of all beef and cattle from Canada and any country
with a low rate of BSE?
Yes: 67.7%
NO: 32.3%

Is USDA doing enough to find any possible BSE in the U.S.?
Yes: 28.1%
NO: 71.9%

Should private companies and packers be allowed to conduct voluntary
tests for BSE for marketing purposes?
Yes: 78.3%
No: 21.7%

Should FDA ban the use of animal by products in all animal feeds,
including poultry and swine feeds?
Yes: 76.4%
No: 23.6%

Should international trade rules allow an embargo of all beef from any
country with any verified case of BSE?
Yes: 51.9%
No: 48.1%

Most producers feel USDA is doing enough to find BSE, but a few offered
suggestions for what more the government should do. Among them are
these, edited to consolidate repeated suggestions (A lot of respondents
want to test Canadian cattle) to correct spelling and remove profanity.

+Requiring more source verification.
+All slaughter animals over 30 months of age should be tested for BSE.
+Test all cattle. At the very least all those over 30 months of age.
+Nobody is showing up at the sale barn or slaughter plant with a
"downer" cow. They are shooting them and burying them, so how is anyone
to know the cause of them being "downers"?
+There are too many different theories as what is the actual cause of
BSE, not enough proof. Until this is available, why would the US want to
expose their cattle?
+more identification of animals, and more testing, as the Canadians are
+Run tests on all cattle imported within the last two years.
+Identify and test ALL Canadian cattle in the USA. No imported cattle or
beef should be allowed into the U.S. until MANDATORY COOL is passed.
+More control on feed processing plants.
+Every animal should be tested.
+allow plants that want to export US beef to test their full production
for BSE
+Develop and market a cheap, quick method of testing for BSE that can
become part of an annual/semi-annual routine for cattle ranchers.
random tests at sale barns and meat plants could be done
+Allow slaughter plants to test all cattle if they wish to in order to
export to Japan.
+Ban sperm, and embryo's from coming into the US from affected areas.
+Go after the dairy industry for this is what is hurting the beef
industry. If they want to slaughter their animals then the consumer
should be aware that the meat they are getting is from a dairy animal
and not a beef.
+More random testing
+Country of origin labeling needs to be put into effect for importing
+ Make all possible effort to locate and test cattle imported from Canada.
+pay for disposal and testing of older cattle that die on ranch or farm.


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