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Subject: To: R-CALF USA Members and Affiliates March 10, 2005 USDA should not place the health ...
Date: March 13, 2005 at 12:39 pm PST

To: R-CALF USA Members and Affiliates

From: Bill Bullard, CEO / Jess Peterson, Dir. of Governmental Relations

Date: March 10, 2005

Subject: Calls needed to U.S. House of Representatives to Request Support for Joint Resolution of Disapproval on USDA’s Final Rule

Background: U.S. cattle producers scored back-to-back victories last week. On March 2, a federal judge granted R-CALF USA’s request to delay reopening of the Canadian border until the merits of our lawsuit can be heard. The judge said reopening the border “has substantial, irreparable consequences for cattle growers.”

Then, on March 3, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 4 (a Joint Resolution of Disapproval) with a vote of 52-46, a measure stating USDA should withdraw its Final Rule on the Canadian border in its entirety.

R-CALF USA is pleased that both the Senate and courts agree with ranchers on these points. The next step moves the resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives. If approved there, the resolution would then go to the President for his signature.

Status: The U.S. House will be a more difficult challenge than was the U.S. Senate. The leadership in the House will likely try to prevent the resolution from ever making it to the House floor for a vote. Our strategy is to get as many co-sponsors on the resolution as possible. The more co-sponsors we get, the more likely the resolution will make it to a full vote.

Our position is that USDA should not place the health and welfare of both U.S. consumers and the U.S. cattle herd at risk by trying to force through a regulation motivated by politics, not science. Additionally, if the USDA is allowed to lower our safety protocols on beef imports, U.S. export markets will be negatively impacted.

We will win this vote in the House only if cattle producers across the country make the effort to call their Congressional members to urge support of their industry.

Action: Please call your U.S. Representative’s office and ask them to co-sponsor and then support the Cubin/Herseth Resolution (number H.J.R. 23) that would block USDA’s efforts to reopen the Canadian border.

If your Representative is a Republican, ask them to call Representative Barbara Cubin’s office to become a co-sponsor. Ask them to speak with staffer Alison McGuire at 202-225-2311.

If your Representative is a Democrat, ask them to call Representative Stephanie Herseth’s office to become a co-sponsor. Speak with staff Ryan Stroschein at 202-225-2801.

We need to contact as quickly as possible as many Representatives as we can, so please begin making your calls immediately.

You can reach your Representatives by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking for your Representative by name.

Good luck with your calls, and we’ll keep in touch.

This page was last edited Thursday March 10, 2005 .

Docket No. 03-080-1 -- USDA ISSUES PROPOSED RULE TO ALLOW LIVE ANIMAL IMPORTS FROM CANADA "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." 11/03/2003 01:19 PM

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I would like to kindly comment on Docket No. 03-080-1 USDA ISSUES PROPOSED RULE TO ALLOW LIVE ANIMAL IMPORTS FROM CANADA ;

>Under this proposal, ruminant and ruminant products eligible for entry into >the United States from a BSE minimal risk region would include: > >1) bovine >animals less than 30 months of age for immediate slaughter; > >2) bovine >animals for feeding to be moved to a designated feedlot and then to >slaughter at less than 30 months of age; > snip... >6) fresh (chilled or frozen) >meat from bovines less than 30 months of age; 7) fresh (chilled or frozen) >whole or half carcasses of bovines less than 30 months of age; 8) fresh >(chilled or frozen) bovine liver; 9) fresh (chilled or frozen) bovine >tongues; the myth that cattle under 30 months of age are free from BSE/TSE is just that, a myth, and it's a false myth ! the youngest age of BSE case to date is 20 months old; As at: 31 May 2003 Year of onset Age youngest case (mnths) Age 2nd youngest case (mnths) Age 2nd oldest case (yrs.mnths) Age oldest case (yrs.mnths) 1986 30 33 5.03 5.07 1987 30 31 9.09 10.00 1988 24 27 10.02 11.01(2) 1989 21 24(4) 12.00(2) 15.04 1990 24(2) 26 13.03 14.00 1991 24 26(3) 14.02 17.05 1992 20 26 15.02 16.02 1993 29 30(3) 14.10 18.10 1994 30(2) 31(2) 14.05 16.07 1995 24 32 14.09 15.05 1996 29 30 15.07 17.02 1997 37(7) 38(3) 14.09 15.01 1998 34 36 14.07 15.05 1999 39(2) 41 13.07 13.10 2000 40 42 17.08 19.09 2001 48(2) 56 14.10 14.11 2002 51 52 15.08 15.09(2) 2003 50 62 11.11 14.11

The implications of the Swiss result for Britain, which has had the most BSE, are complex. Only cattle aged 30 months or younger are eaten in Britain, on the assumption, based on feeding trials, that cattle of that age, even if they were infected as calves, have not yet accumulated enough prions to be infectious. But the youngest cow to develop BSE on record in Britain was 20 months old, showing some are fast incubators. Models predict that 200-300 cattle under 30 months per year are infected with BSE and enter the food chain currently in Britain. Of these 3-5 could be fast incubators and carrying detectable quantities of prion.



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