HOT BARN REPORT: Time is ticking! – Special Friday Edition with Karina Jones

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HOT BARN REPORT: Time is ticking! - Special Friday Edition with Karina Jones

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It is official, we have just confirmed our 12th reporting barn for the big fall run. We now blanket the great Northern beef belt from Motely, Minnesota to Torrington, Wyoming.

Time is ticking! Welcome to this special Friday edition of the Hot Barn Report.

Folks we are down to the wire when the USDA is closing the books on the public comment period regarding the RFID mandate proposed rulemaking. I encourage every person who handles, owns, buys, and sells cattle to speak for themselves and let the USDA know your opinions on this RFID tag mandate that they are seeking to impose on the US cattle industry.

Time and time again I am reminded that the root word of government is “govern” which is a verb. As time marches on, all Americans need to step to the line and become active in “governing” our US government. As cattle producers our natural tendency is to keep our nose to our work and put one boot in front of another while Washington DC pushes us back into more regulations and infringing on our personal property rights.

When I consider taking the effort to weigh in on these types of comment periods on the Federal Register, I take this civic duty as seriously as voting. It is our duty. It is our obligation. We elect representatives to the Legislative Branch of government to represent us. But when it comes to the Executive Branch of government, we do not have that elected representation, so we must become active representing ourselves, our operations, and our futures to that branch. Not to say that you shouldn’t regularly share your opinion on legislation or issues with your Senators and Congressmen, because you absolutely should.

If the USDA was truly interested in disease traceability that solution starts at our borders. Halting the importation of beef and live cattle from countries with known BSE and Foot & Mouth Disease issues is the most obvious step. Imposing more costs on the domestic cattle industry that is already swimming in the red is not acceptable.


Use of Electronic Identification Eartags as Official Identification in Cattle and Bison

If this government overreach concerns you, here’s what you need to do. Get on the Internet and type in “” Then in the search window type in “Use of Electronic Identification Eartags.” Then find the proposed rule that includes the words “Cattle” and “Bison” in the title. Then choose the comment period that ends March 20, 2023. Click on the box that says “Comment.” After you comment on the proposed rule, call or email your two Senators and your Representative to tell them your opinion on the USDA forcing you to use USDA RFID ear tags.

Let’s give a shoutout to these Diamond Dozen Hot Barns that power this program: Stockmens Livestock, Lemmon Livestock, North Platte Stockyards, St. Onge/Newell, Platte Livestock Market, Tri County Stockyards, Torrington Livestock, Creighton Livestock Market, Bassett Livestock Auction, Mobridge Livestock, Ogallala Livestock Auction Market, and Presho Livestock. Catch them all on


Higher Standards for “Product of USA” Meat Proposed by White House “If it says ‘Made in the USA,’ then it should be from cattle that have only known USA soil. Consumers have the right to know where their food comes from, full stop,” U.S. Cattlemen’s Association president Justin Tupper said in a statement.

USDA ruling follows Rounds-led congressional effort to close labeling loophole. “Integrity has been restored to the ‘Product of USA’ label,” U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said. “For years, we’ve called on the USDA to take action to stop foreign beef from receiving the ‘Product of USA’ label. Our work is finally paying off.


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