Members of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska passed a pair of resolutions at their convention last weekend.
ICON president Dave Wright says one of the measures asks the state legislature to make all of Nebraska a “brand inspection” area. He says it’s a security precaution that’s needed to protect cattle ranchers.
“The western half of the United States has brand inspection and the eastern have does not,” Wright says. “It’s usually at those towns across the brand inspection line where stolen cattle are gone, they’re absolutely gone. They can go to any auction market or be sold anywhere and there’s no reason to prove ownership and that’s what the issue is, it’s proof of ownership.”
Wright says the second resolution calls for the Nebraska legislature to keep the ban on packer ownership of livestock intact.
He says, “There’s been rumblings in the legislature about getting rid of that so we passed a resolution in support of maintaining the ban on packer ownership as written in the state statutes of Nebraska.”
Wright says ICON also voted to support the Country of Origin Labeling, or COOL, defense funds set up by two groups, R-CALF and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton