USCA Calls for the Halt of Namibian Beef Imports

(FEBRUARY 19) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) calls for the immediate halt of beef imports from Namibia following reports of recent outbreaks of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) in the country. Namibia’s livestock industry is divided into two zones by the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF). The VCF, built in the mid-1960s, stands more than 550 miles long, and is passable …

USCA: “The enormity of loss associated with a potential outbreak of FMD within the U.S. mainland cannot be overstated.”

(JAN. 5, 2021) – On Monday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association submitted comments on the Petition to Manufacture Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine in the United States. On July 14, 2020, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published in the Federal Register a notice and request for information  on a petition submitted by Zoetis, Inc., a U.S. vaccine manufacturer, seeking approval …

USCA Statement on USDA APHIS Brucella Research Draft Policy Statement

(OCTOBER 14, 2020) – On Wednesday, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a draft policy statement through the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) on research with Brucella species in outdoor settings. United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Animal Health and Identification Committee Chairman Dwight Keller issued the following statement: “For years, USCA …

USCA Comments on Transition to RFID Tags

(October 5, 2020) – On Monday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposal to transition to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as the official eartag for use in interstate movement of cattle that are required to be identified by the traceability regulations. In the public comment submission, USCA President Dr. Brooke Miller stated, “With …

LAST CHANCE: Comment on Transition to RFID Tags

(OCTOBER 2, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on a proposal to transition to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as the official eartag for use in interstate movement of cattle that are required to be identified by the traceability regulations. Comments are due by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, …

USCA Sends Letter Over Concerns with Mexican Beef

(SEPTEMBER 8) – On Tuesday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter to leaders at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) over concerns associated with contaminated Mexican cattle, lamb, poultry, and swine. According to Food Safety News, a total of 54 people from six municipalities have fallen ill …

USCA Responds to Trump Administration Reopening U.S. Borders to Brazilian Beef

(WASHINGTON) – In response to a recent announcement lifting the ban on the importation of Brazilian beef, United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Brooke Miller issued the following statement, “USCA is stunned by the recent decision to risk the health of our domestic cattle herd and jeopardize the safety of consumers by allowing the importation of fresh beef from Brazil. We sounded …