As the Colorado State
Fair comes to an end this weekend, most will come away with
good feelings, prizes won, pride of livestock exhibitors and
the chosen to be sold at the Junior Livestock Sale, and the
fun of enjoying the many events offered at the 135th annual
Unfortunately a black cloud came then stayed, unwanted
and ominous over the fair grounds in Pueblo.
Hiding behind this black cloud was the ugly face of
European Union values, i.e. socialism.
You might ask, “Why would he suggest that?” Well, what I’m
about to tell you is what I saw. And it wasn’t pretty.
Because the packing industry controls the United States
Department of Agriculture, we in the cattle industry are held
tightly by its strong arm.
One of the many off-shoots of the packer control is
implementation of a program called Premises Identification,
and National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
While this federal program is touted as a voluntary action
to attend to quick trace back of disease and bio terror
(national security), it’s been problematic from the onset.
Some examples include: Non-submission of data proving federal
claims of “cost benefits” and “value added” to cow-calf
producers;” Cost and implementation burden falls on cow-calf
producers; Vanquished promise of recognizing brands in states
with brand laws; Cumbersome accessibility of vaccine thereby
voiding hope of timely response; Federal data base ignoring
private property rights.
Running cattle in two states that have brand laws, I’ve had
opportunity to visit with their brand inspectors and state
vets about such things as tracking and vaccine. It’s very
clear that they’ve had a solid hundred plus year history of
being able to ably handle crisis just by simply
“communicating” with one another and using the brands.
It’s likely that having an additional step of “federal”
would slow down and encumber the entire process to such
extent that mortality would arise as the grave matter to deal
It’s a given that with all this knowledge, the proposed
Premises I.D. and NAIS was met with reasonable resistance from
thinking cow-calf producers.
Furthermore, it was easy to see the pro-generators of this
idea, was the packing industry, for it would ease their
selling of USA meat products to foreign countries.
Probably because of the deep resistance to implement these
I.D. programs, in 2006 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike
Johanns changed the once status of “”mandatory” to
Many though, knew the feds would not give up their charge
of mandatory, and that it’d only be a matter of time before
they’d return that program under a different guise.
Unfortunately one would never have guessed they’d use our
children to attempt crashing the gates of resistance.
Yet that’s exactly what happened here in Colorado.
The federal government gave large moneyed grants to
Colorado State University Extension, the F.F.A., and the
Colorado Department of Agriculture, to route the animal I.D.
as mandatory on our youth and their livestock.
The Colorado State Fair took it one step further by making
mandatory premise I.D. on exhibitor entry forms…as a condition
I see two major problems with this idea. One, it’s
discriminatory, in that children who house their animal on
property other than their parents would pose an unacceptable
affront to the rightful property owners. Two, it forces
children to register property they don’t hold title to, which
is against the law.
I wonder. What does this teach our children?
Some exhibitors were told using a valid premise I.D. from
their county’s fair ground was OK, only to harshly and
unfairly learn later… they’d been misled.
This is where the black cloud of socialism showed up. Word
has it that around 12 youth exhibitors who had qualified for
the Junior Livestock sale catalog, found their county fair
ground I.D. was not only refused by fair officials, they were
told to leave the fair grounds within 24 hours or be escorted
off the grounds by the Sheriff’s department.
Needless to say, these youngsters were crushed. Instead of
reaping the reward of their years work with their animal, they
were treated like criminals.
Although they were offered a buy out and asked to remain
silent about such (And some did.) I find using tax payer
dollars a rather odd solution.
In visiting with one ousted, teary eyed youngster, she
calmly stated, “Yes, they made me feel like some low human,
but I will rise above them. I will not sink to their level.”
Fair officials claim it took 30 days for them to identify
and weed out the alleged offenders of their ruling.
This 30 day time frame will most likely repeat itself when
the feds finally respond to veterinarians emergency vaccine
We read about the exploitation of children under communist
rule, and shake our heads. One would never dream this type of
action would rear up in America. But it has.
Right here in your back yard, your tax dollars are being
funneled through the U.S.D.A. to force our children to engage
in illegal activities simply to appease the packing industry.
I can’t believe our own federal government would use our
children to get back at their law-abiding adult parents.
But as long as financial gains of mega oligopoly packer
industry converts neatly into campaign contributions for any
bureaucrat wanna be and trumps anything just, decent and good,
socialism will be the only thing left…green…and growing.
P.O. Box 155
LaSalle, CO 80645