EPD's - Do all the acronyms, numbers & jargon have your head spinning??? Click here for the most current definitions, according to the American Angus Association.
National ID - As National ID and "branded" ID programs come marching on, we thought it might be helpful to our customers to provide some Program forms, very simple record keeping forms and some links to other forms from various companies/agencies.
As of Sept. 30, 2008, mCOOL is the law. According to Allie Devine, VP and General Counsel for the Kansas Livestock Association;
This means anytime an animal leaves your ranch, the purchaser, be it a sale barn, feedyard, individual or agent, will require an affidavit from you, the producer, that the animal was born and raised in the USA. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has produced an easy to use document that I have posted for your convenience that's one page and covers most applications. KLA has developed 4 separate forms, also posted below. Both options came out of industry wide meetings and will satisfy the requirements of the law. Use either the NCBA's single form or ONE of KLA's as appropriate for your situation.
Now, if all of this has your head spinning, call me (785-456-8160) and I'll help you out. But now, here comes the soap box.
SOAPBOX AHEAD!!!! - Don't say I didn't warn you!
OK, now that you've been warned, mCOOL was foisted upon us by a special interest group (r-CALF and their affiliates) who believed that Americans wanted to know where their meat was from. Well, I say if they really wanted to know, there'd have been a successful brand based on "USA Born & Bred Beef." Good ol' unfettered American capitalism has been very effective at identifying and meeting consumer demands throughout history. That there's no such brand means that the American consumer has spoken. Besides, when you look at dollars of beef exported vs. dollars imported, you'll see the importance of global beef trade, but that's another soapbox. Back on topic...
NCBA and their affiliates fought on our behalf against the creation of this HUGE bureaucracy, record-keeping nightmare to no avail. Seeing the writing on the wall, NCBA and KLA then became part of a 70 member group that worked VERY HARD for ALL producers to keep this burdensome legislation manageable and to keep the paper work reasonable. A quick search of r-CALF and the Kansas Cattlemen's sites (our mCOOL creating state r-CALF affiliate) shows no record keeping forms available either place.
Remember as you deal with this latest government intrusion into the way you run your business who forced this on you (r-CALF and their affiliates) and who fought against it, then lobbied Congress during the Farm Bill debate to insure the new regulations were as palatable as possible (NCBA and their affiliates). And PLEASE, if you're not already NCBA and KLA members (or whomever your state NCBA affiliate is), JOIN TODAY!
Downey Ranch, Inc.
Joe Carpenter & Barb Downey, Managing Partners
38703 Wabaunsee Rd.
Wamego, KS 66547-8918