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TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Fresh Beef from Brazil – Incomplete Review Means Too Much Risk for Too Little Reward

By Robert McKnight Jr., TSCRA first vice presidentMcKnight_13

Because the U.S. cattle herd has been safe from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) since 1929, I am concerned by the Aug. 1 announcement from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that we are considering the importation of fresh beef from Brazil, a country that has an active vaccination program against FMD.

We hold other trading partners to standards that require their cattle herds to be free of a disease, and not just vaccinated against it. We should not relax our requirements for Brazil.

Foot-and-mouth disease is not a threat to human health, but it is devastating to the livestock species that are susceptible to it. Ranchers in countries, such as Brazil, mount hugely expensive animal health campaigns to control the disease and work to eradicate it. Our major trading partners, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are FMD-free.

Thankfully, we were able to eradicate FMD from U.S. herds nearly 100 years ago. It is disappointing that USDA moved forward with its decision to allow the importation of fresh beef from Brazil before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) had completed its audit of the procedures USDA used to formulate its rules for importation.

A bill that passed Congress at the end of last year — a bill that TSCRA helped to get passed — included language that required audits and site inspections of packing facilities in Brazil and included language that required USDA to outline the process for their audits.

At the time, this language was touted as a great victory for the U.S. cattle industry. Now, we have to ask why USDA is going forward with allowing fresh beef to be imported from Brazil and not fulfilling the requirements of the bill.

TSCRA has very clear policy on trade and protection of the health of the cattle herd. A 2014 resolution states we oppose the “importation of live cattle, beef, and/or beef products into the U.S. from foreign countries with histories of significant chronic animal diseases and lack of strict animal disease control and eradication measures.”

TSCRA supports “independent scientific and legal analyses of USDA proposals, risk assessments, and supporting information, when necessary, to substantiate risk levels of imported live cattle, beef, and/or beef products and assure the protection of the U.S. cattle industry.

TSCRA expects “that slaughter, processing, transporting, and other facilities and equipment used to export foreign live cattle, beef, and/or beef products into the U.S. be subject to equivalent, or greater, inspection and sanitation requirements applicable to U.S. inspected facilities and equipment.”

And the association “requests that the USDA continue to take all reasonable and appropriate measures to protect the U.S. cattle industry from the introduction of foreign animal diseases, and communicate to foreign countries that wish to export live cattle, beef, and/or beef products to the U.S. to commit to enhanced efforts to control and eradicate animal diseases that may be a chronic problem in their country.”

USDA says that due to the FMD vaccination protocols followed by Brazilian ranchers the risk of FMD being brought into this country in fresh beef is very low.

Nevertheless, a risk remains, and for a small reward.

We imported more than 570,000 metric tons of beef from Australia in 2015, and almost 300,000 metric tons of beef from New Zealand that year. We imported 285,036 metric tons from Canada in 2015.

Until we have a trade agreement with Brazil, fresh beef imports from that country will be limited to less than 65,000 metric tons. At the most, we could expect 5.5 percent of our imported beef to come from Brazil. Are we willing to risk the health of the U.S. beef herd on such a small amount?

The slightest risk, no matter how small, is not worth getting FMD in this country.

I encourage TSCRA members and ranchers to call on your members of Congress to take action on this issue before the end of the year. Apparently, USDA did not get the message. It makes sense to delay importation of fresh beef from Brazil until the GAO audit is completed.

TSCRA supports trade with other countries, but we do not want to forego science and expose the rest of this industry to a risk we already fought almost 100 years ago. It was expensive then; it would be devastating now.

Robert “Bobby” McKnight Jr., of Fort Davis, Texas, raises registered and commercial Herefords and crossbred cattle on ranch land in Jeff Davis, Brewster, Presidio, Reeves and Crane counties. He became a TSCRA director in 1989, and he currently serves as the TSCRA first vice president. 

TSCRA News Release: Rewards Offered for Information on Saddle Stolen in Wichita Falls

For Immediate Release:
September 23, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Wichita Falls, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Bradshaw and local authorities are seeking information on a saddle stolen in Wichita Falls, Texas on September 14.

The saddle stolen is a Bob Marrs roping . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Sulphur Bluff Man Arrested for Cattle Theft

For Immediate Release: 
Aug. 30, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328 

Sulphur Bluff, Texas – A Sulphur Bluff, Texas man was arrested in Hopkins County today and charged with theft of livestock after failing to return 125-160 head of cattle he was grazing on his pasture back to the owner in . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Ada Man Surrenders after Fraudulently Selling Cattle on Internet

For Immediate Release: 
Aug. 26, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams, 512-922-7328 

Ada, Okla. – An Ada, Okla. man surrendered to authorities at the Pontotoc County jail Thursday for charges stemming from an investigation of the sale of cattle over the internet. The suspect was charged with obtaining merchandise or money by false pretenses.

Texas and . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Regulations Appropriate to Manage CWD-Infected Deer Herds 

For Immediate Release: 
August 25, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

By Richard Thorpe, president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was found in an intensively managed white-tailed deer herd, a deer breeder operation, in Medina County in 2015, and was discovered in a free-ranging . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Sperry Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Concealing Stolen Cattle

For Immediate Release:
August 19, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Pawhuska, Okla. – Cody Joseph Porter, 31, Sperry, Okla., today was sentenced to 10 years in prison for knowingly concealing stolen cattle at his home located in Sperry Okla. Porter stole calves from three different victims and was arrested . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Recover Stolen Tractor in Nowata

For Immediate Release:
August 19, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Seeking More Information on Theft Case

Nowata, Okla. – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Cummings recovered a tractor on Monday that was stolen in January 2016 from a Nowata, Okla. . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Seeking Information on Thefts Around Baylor and Knox Counties

For Immediate Release
Aug. 5, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Seymour, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Scott Williamson and authorities are seeking information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects involved in multiple equipment thefts in or near Baylor and . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Beef Loving Texans Hard at Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 29, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

By Hughes Abell, second vice president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

In a 1988 national referendum, beef producers all along the production chain approved a $1 per head checkoff at the point of sale for all transactions, including imported . . . → Read More:

UPDATED: TSCRA News Release: Authorities Searching for Suspects in Garza County Equipment Theft

For Immediate Release: 
July 26, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Reward Increased to $5,000 

Post, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Dean Bohannon is seeking information on the theft of five saddles, four ATVs, a shop welder and assorted tools from the . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Ardmore Man Arrested for Cattle Theft

For Immediate Release
July 22, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Gainesville, Texas – An Ardmore, Okla. man was arrested Wed. after stealing 90 head of cattle near Gainesville, Texas.  

According to McKinney, the suspect Chancy Lynn Masey, 40, Ardmore, Okla, surrendered himself to authorities at . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Depew Man Arrested for Four Counts of Larceny of Cattle 

Frankie Lane Hunt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 21, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Second Suspect Being Sought 

Bristow, Okla. – Frankie Lane Hunt, 20, Depew, Okla., surrendered himself to authorities on Wed. and was booked into the Creek County Jail in Sapulpa, Okla. after stealing 24 head of . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Statement on USFWS Delisting of Lesser Prairie Chicken

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Lesser Prairie Chicken

July 20, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) president Richard Thorpe, today made the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) formally delisted the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) as a “threatened” species under the . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Submits Comments on USDA Organic Marketing Rule Proposal

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 14, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), submitted comments Wednesday on the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Marketing Service’s (USDA-AMS) National Organic Program; Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule proposal.

“TSCRA . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Tahlequah Man Arrested for Embezzlement of 18 Head of Cattle

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 14, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Tahlequah, Okla. – A Tahlequah, Okla. man was arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzlement of 18 head of cattle that were placed in his care by a local rancher.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Leaders Testify at Congressional Fever Tick Forum in Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

TSCRA representatives meet with Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. regarding the fever tick issue.
Pictured Left to Right: Dave Delaney, TSCRA Fever Tick Subcommittee member and rancher from Kingsville; Dr. Andy Schwartz, TAHC Executive Director; U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway; Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34); Freddy . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Seeking Information on Heifers and Trailer Recovered in Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
June 23, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams, 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Louisiana law enforcement authorities are seeking information on an abandoned trailer containing 18 Brangus heifers found between Baton Rouge and New Orleans on Monday.   

The Louisiana Brand Commission is in possession . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Seeking Information on Theft of Two ATVs in Medina County

For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Medina County, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Robin Clark and Medina County Sheriff’s Department authorities are seeking information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects involved . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Supports Ranchers in Efforts to Control Fever Tick

TSCRA CATTLEMEN’S COLUMN
For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams, 512-922-7328

By: J.D. Cage, chair, TSCRA Fever Tick Subcommittee

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) leaders and staff have heard from many members and ranchers regarding the recent spread of fever ticks in South . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA to Host Summer Meeting June 16-18 in Montgomery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 3, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is hosting its annual TSCRA Summer Meeting June 16-18 at La Torretta Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas. The meeting will serve as an opportunity for cattle raisers . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Applauds Texas Supreme Court Ruling on Coyote Lake Ranch Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 27, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) today applauded the Texas Supreme Court for ruling in favor of Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC in their case against The City of Lubbock. The Supreme Court ruled the accommodation . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Burlington Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Cattle Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 25, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Cameron, Texas – A Milam County judge today sentenced William James Crenan, 59, Burlington, Texas, to 15 years in prison for stealing over 100 head of cattle from an El Paso, Texas rancher who was running cattle on Crenan’s . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Submits Comments on USDA-APHIS Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Rule Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MAY 17, 2016
CONTACT: LARAMIE ADAMS
CELL: 512-922-7328 

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) submitted comments Monday expressing concerns with the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA-APHIS) rule proposal regarding the agency’s updated provisions on Brucellosis and . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Statement on Administration’s Decision to Drop Appeal on Lesser Prairie-Chicken

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) president Richard Thorpe today made the following statement on the Obama administration’s decision to drop their appeal on a federal district court’s decision to delist the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) as a threatened . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Burlington Man Found Guilty of Stealing Over 100 Head of Cattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 6, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Cameron, Texas – A Milam County jury today found William James Crenan, 59, Burlington, Texas, guilty of theft of $100,000 to $200,000 from an elderly person after he stole over 100 head of cattle from an El Paso rancher . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Claremore Man Arrested for Cattle Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 3, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Claremore, Okla. – A Claremore, Okla. man was arrested Saturday in Rogers County on a felony warrant for two counts of larceny of livestock after stealing six calves from a rancher in Rogers County.

TSCRA Special Ranger . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: The Condemnation Process – Not a Willing Buyer, Willing Seller Transaction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 28, 2016
Contact: Laramie Adams, cell: 512-922-7328

By Leslie Kinsel, TSCRA director, with Laramie Adams, TSCRA director of public affairs

There are many stories of citizens’ land being condemned by public or private entities using the power of eminent domain, and the stories are generally not good. When . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Searching for Suspects in Cherokee County Equipment Theft Case

Bullard, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and authorities with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information on the theft of a skid steer worth approximately $45,000 from Kiepersol Enterprises located in Bullard, Texas.

According to Dickson, the theft occurred between April 1, 2016 and April . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Two Oklahoma Men Arrested for Cattle Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 15, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Sayre, Oklahoma – Two Oklahoma men were arrested Monday in Beckham County and charged with larceny of domestic animals and knowingly concealing stolen property after stealing a total of 22 cattle from an Oklahoma rancher and a Texas Rancher.

. . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Submits Comments on TAHC Rule Proposal on Fever Ticks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 15, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) submitted comments on Monday to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) regarding the TAHC’s proposal to amend §41.8 of the Texas Administrative Code relating to the dipping, treatment and . . . → Read More: