USDA opens the door to animal rights groups

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  A meeting at MARC with animal rights groups has beef producers worried.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersThe U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) at Clay Center, Neb., is under siege by animal rights groups. Now, unfortunately, so are neighboring farms, ranches and feedyards. And it’s all thanks, apparently, to USDA bureaucrats.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThat’s the allegation made in a recent article in the Omaha World-Herald about a meeting last week between MARC officials, animal rights groups and USDA officials. The meeting was a follow-up to a January article in The New York Times that alleged abuse and neglect of animals at the Center. A preliminary review by USDA’s Office of the Inspector General in September exonerated the Center from any wrongdoing.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits Combat Shooter's Handbook  The meeting drew criticism from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, who wrote Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to express concern, the World-Herald reports. “I respectfully submit that an open-door effort will be wasted on groups whose main goal is the complete destruction of food animal agriculture,” Rickets wrote. “The feedback you will receive from these groups will be continued unwarranted criticism of the fine men and women at MARC and their research,” the World-Herald reports.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)However, a USDA official described the meeting as productive and the beginning of a dialog government research officials hope will be ongoing, the World-Herald reports. A representative with the Humane Society of the United States, one of the animal rights groups in attendance, agreed.

But here’s the kicker. Not only do mainline animal rights groups have a foot in the door at MARC, but other unidentified groups allegedly conducted activities at neighboring beef operations. A feedlot operator reported that internal gates had been opened and cattle mixed, causing the animals to have to be resorted. Sources tell BEEF that an apparent attempt on a second feedlot was thwarted. No group or individuals have claimed responsibility.

According to the World-Herald article, Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin said his office responded to reports of a drone and a helicopter flying over the Center as well as privately-owned facilities in the area. Franklin told the World-Herald he responded to a report of a drone flying over MARC property. After stopping to talk to the drone operator, he said he found himself looking at three cameras, operated by members of an Illinois group called Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK.

Gov. Ricketts was fully justified in expressing his concern to Secretary Vilsack. Sheriff Franklin told the World-Herald that area livestock producers are on edge that the situation could escalate.

They have every reason to be.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersA Handbook for Ranch Managers.  In keeping with the “holistic” idea that the land, the livestock, the people and the money should be viewed as a single integrated whole: Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. Not only would this book make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it. It is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices and extensive bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.

You might also be interested in the supplement to this Handbook: Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual.

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