Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cattle Branding Fight

NYTimes: In a Beef Over Branding

A Plan to Change the Way Cattle Are Tagged Is Meeting Resistance From Ranchers

Branding day has unfolded this way for generations on ranches all across the West. But ranchers from Colorado to Oregon, from Montana to Texas, worry that the tradition is under threat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to rewrite its regulations so that hot-iron brands will no longer be recognized as an official form of identification for cattle sold or shipped across state lines.

Instead, the USDA wants every cow to have a unique numerical ID, stamped on an inexpensive ear tag, to make it easier to track animals from ranch to feedlot to slaughterhouse.


William said...

That should make the thieves very happy. It is a lot easier to fake an ear tag than it is to fake a brand. -yes, I do know that these are state issued and have an electronic component.

We should have only given the federal government the right to negotiate interstate commerce, not regulate it.

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