Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


TSCRA Calls Import of Beef from Brazil a Huge Risk- Opposes USDA Proposal

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:32:28 CDT

TSCRA Calls Import of Beef from Brazil a Huge Risk- Opposes USDA Proposal The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) submitted comments today in opposition to a recent proposal by the United States Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) that could put the U.S. cattle herd at a greater risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

USDA-APHIS has proposed a rule that would allow for the importation of fresh, maturated, deboned beef from a region in Brazil into the United States.

According to TSCRA President Pete Bonds, Brazil has a long history with FMD and lacks strict control measures to properly mitigate the risk of FMD into the United States should certain types of fresh beef be imported.

"Protecting the U.S. cattle industry from a catastrophic foreign animal disease like FMD is a major priority for TSCRA," said Pete Bonds, rancher and TSCRA president. "And although we certainly support free trade with foreign countries that have a proven history of controlling animal diseases, we do not believe Brazil has met, and can consistently guarantee, the standards necessary to keep FMD out of the United States."

Bonds says that many beef producers in Texas and the Southwest remember all too clearly the devastating effects of FMD the last time it was in the United States in 1929.

"Given the extreme level of uncertainty surrounding Brazil's ability to control FMD, and the fact that our national cattle herd is at its lowest since the 1950s, we simply cannot afford to take this large of a risk," Bonds continued.

In addition to the risk analysis USDA-APHIS conducted for the Brazil rule, they also requested public comment on an evaluation that would serve as a decision making tool to determine whether and under what conditions to allow imports of fresh meat and live animals from the Patagonia region of Argentina to the United States.

TSCRA is opposed to both USDA-APHIS risk analyses for Brazil and Argentina based upon third party scientific reviews that acknowledged issues with both risk assessments.

Bonds says that Brazil and Argentina's trend of compliance problems and deficiencies with routine USDA and European Commission food safety audits also present concern. Additionally, APHIS has conducted a number of site visits to verify animal health and disease information; however, the reviews appear to lack transparency since the full results of these site visits have not yet been made public.

"The fact is that neither of these regions can prove they've successfully and continually eradicated FMD," said Bonds. "That's a huge red flag for U.S. cattle producers."



   

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2 p.m. September 30, 2022  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:43:53 CDT
  • Chairman David Scott Releases Statement Congratulating Vincent Garfield Logan on His Confirmation to Farm Credit Administration Board  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 15:07:33 CDT
  • Op-Ed from Kenneth Corn: USDA- We Serve Rural Communities Too  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:57:02 CDT
  • Hard Red Winter Wheat production lowest since 1957  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:44:28 CDT
  • Latest Southern Plains Perspective Blog: Hot, dry, dust and smoke all outside the back door.  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 13:47:21 CDT
  • Wheat Production Estimates for Oklahoma Fall Six Percent from August to September   Fri, 30 Sep 2022 12:16:36 CDT
  • Younger Cows are Starting to Come to Town, Says Bob Rodenberger  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:46:55 CDT
  • BASF's First Bale of Cotton Helps Raise Money for Scholarship  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:12:04 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Beef council Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Oklahoma City Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.
       

       

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2022 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.