AnnBledsoe":3lqu8gx3 said:There is nothing at all wrong with such a program as a producer-driven, VOLUNTARY program, that BENEFITS the producer. There is a LOT wrong with such a program as a MANDATORY program. As a mandatory program it becomes a license to own animals -- a license to produce your own food. The government already has their hands too deep into our pockets.
If the folks that want to export want to participate, fine and dandy, but what about those of us who have no interest whatsoever in exporting? Our cattle will be sold and eaten within a very small radius of where they are born and raised. We have no need for a government source verification program -- our buyers have the best source verification they could have, they know the producer personally and know exactly where their meat came from.
All the money being spent by the USDA to push this program though would be much better spent tightening security at our borders and tracking the imported animals.
Did you hear about the poor fellow in South Dakota who in good faith bought a group of calves at a saleyard, when he went to sell those same calves, he found himself being denied payment for those calves -- they were from Canada, and weren't supposed to have been sold through a saleyard to begin with.
Personally, I just can't believe that such an independant group as the cattle producers are allowing themselves to be led like sheep into a program that will eventually destroy their way of life.
An outbreak of FMD wouldn't do that at all? Especially if you couldn't track down producers and where the animals are at. I love my cows and want to keep them.