ANIMAL DISEASE TRACEABILITY final USDA rules for livestock moving interstate.


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Darol Dickinson,

Eye Witness ag.ed@nafaw.org

740 758 5050


EYE WITNESS REPORT October 29, Sugar Creek, Ohio ANIMAL DISEASE TRACEABILITY final USDA rules for livestock moving interstate.

Yoder, Apple Creek, Ohio, on the left. Veterinarians, state staff and ranchers were in attendance.

The Ohio State Veterinarian, Tony M. Forshey, officiated an ADT rule — cattle requirements overview meeting with producers on Oct 29. This was one of about a dozen in Ohio and similar to a few cow-smiling-e1270815298540hundred held in most states.

My appreciation of Dr. Forshey was increased as I watched him carefully articulate the maze of complicated and difficult federal rules for state veterinarians and animal producers. The tight rope he had to walk being forced to enforce federal rules and yet having “state rights” to tweak certain parts of the rule making process — his assistant called it “ability to relax” federal ADT rules.

If the Affordable Care Act is confusing, the facial expressions of Ohio farmers attending told the story. One major veal producer, RC Farms, said “I am not going to do it!” No reply was offered by Dr. Forshey as to the enforcements, fines or penalties for future non-compliance. (I sensed he did not want to go there in this crowd.)

New ADT changes and procedures defined include:

~ There are federal rules of ADT that are enforced federally and there are ways a state veterinarian can increase enforcements or “relax” these rules. Although the feds have a solid rule process, states can and may or may not relax or add to these rules. The state veterinarian has that authority. More

New Zealand still ticked about animal tags

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Note from Darol at http://www.NAISSTINKS.com  :

All nations are being squeezed by the WTO to ID all food animals. As this tax on farmers is being enforced it starts out as a simple economical process, all for the good of the farmer, either for disease tracing or export competition against other countries. This article shows how a greedy government will not stop choking their citizens. How would it feel to pay $43.63 per lamb in ID tag fees with ruthless corrupt government enforcements? Crazy you say — hello! Not just crazy, it is stealing all the profit farmers in New Zealand make, but the government feels no pain. Notice the last part — the government tells farmers “competing producers overseas already provide.” Not true. Not true at all! But each government is telling farmers that others are ahead so “pay-up now.”

This article is an example how government never stops inventing new fees. It will happen with ADT — if allowed.

Currently the USA is telling farmers Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) is imperative to compete in US beef exports, but facts are, the US beef producers has not fed the nation in 21 years and had to import 16% of the beef consumed last year. Why worry about exports? Is someone in government making some export/import bucks?

Still ticked about tags
Saturday, December 03, 2011 • Debbie Gregory — THE LISBORNE HERALD

A NEW levy to fund the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme is unnecessary and yet another cost farmers have to bear, says Gisborne Wairoa Federated Farmers president Hamish Cave.

“It is just all too easy to keep asking farmers to pay,” he said.

Farmers are already paying a substantial amount on every cattle beast they send to the works.

“There is $11.40 to the Animal Health Board, $4.20 to Beef and Lamb and $20.70 for the Ministry of Agriculture inspection — That is $36.30 and then another $2.50 to NAIT as well as $4.83 for the new electronic tags is $43.63 — in my opinion that is far too much money to pay before we even get paid for the animal.”

The NAIT scheme is set to start on July 1 next year. More

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APHIS: Another blow to American livestock producers

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Please post your concerns on the federal register regarding the proposal to regionalize Brazil for FMD.   We do not want to accept animals and meat from Santa Catarina, Brazil.  I was shocked to discover that mine will only be the 14th opposition on such a critical issue! Every US cattle producer should oppose this proposed import of Brazillian beef to the US. More

Who Cares About Animal Care?


By Darol Dickinson

Normal Ohio livestock owners bale hay, stack it near feed areas and plan to maintain cattle in a healthy condition prior to a major storm.  Cattle hides are 10 times thicker than human skin. That is the way the Lord made cattle. More

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture: The who’s who of animal tags and the biggest recipients of government $$

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The National Institute for Animal Agriculture is composed of all the leading tag manufacturers, plus a generous pile of USDA  and government dolers.  They are behind the leading old NAIS replacement
“One Health: Implications for Animal Agriculture.”




Note to horse lovers: No NAIS..not now..not ever!

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There are a few people left that don’t know how disliked a government enforced animal ID is.  The people at www.thehorse.com are using a poll to help them understand the appreciation, or lack of it, for old NAIS, or the “new NAIS.”
If you have an opinion go there, and down the left side of the page is the poll.  You can click on it to vote and you will see the results in about a minute.
The horse people have had consistent inducement from the thoroughbred assn and the American Horse Council who have both taken bribes from the USDA to sign up members.  As a result the horse people do not fear the “new NAIS” as much as other livestock owners.  Even though the computer requirements would drag people to the ground on continuous enforcements every time they loaded or unloaded a horse, the horse people still don’t understand how fast it would kill their equine events.
When I voted it was 59% No, 30% yes and 10% confused.  That was the highest yes poll in the history of NAIS and the highest confused.
Encourage others to vote.  They only had 1100 votes at 4:PM.  Thanks, Darol

We oppose HB 414 due to no detailed documented representation for cattle producers.

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“Government employees are not considered valid committee representatives when they have no involvement in handling or raising cattle in Ohio, and expand their livelihood by services and fees charged to “farmers.”

Feb. 2, 2010


We oppose HB 414 due to no detailed documented representation for cattle producers.

The generic terms of HR 414 use the word “Farmers” as the total agriculture representatives. There are  at least three distinct segments of what you refer to as one name “farming.”

1) Dairying is the production of a milk product. It doesn’t produce grains or raise cattle for meat product.  Dairies compete with ranchers for grain and hay products.

2) Ranching is the raising beef cattle for meat purposes. A rancher does not sell milk, nor fibers. He normally will buy grain or hay from a farmer.

3) Farming is the process of plowing, planting and growing grain and fiber from the soil that can be sold to ranchers or dairies, or for other uses.

All of the three above compete with each other as distinct different businesses.

There is no verbiage in HB 414 that assures the largest livestock segment in Ohio (cattle) will have a single representative on your board of 13.

Government employees are not considered valid committee representatives when they have no involvement in handling or raising cattle in Ohio, and expand their livelihood by services and fees charged to “farmers.”

Therefore we consider HB 414 written grossly unfair to all cattle producers in the great state of Ohio.   Depending on the appointments, possibly also unfair to dairys and grain farmers.

Enforcement tired,

Darol Dickinson, Belmont County, 740 758 5050

What looms in the future for America’s ranchers and farmers

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NAIS is useless for source verification

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by Darol Dickinson

When a critter is over 30 months of age the USDA has made a rule that the processing procedure can not saw the carcass down the middle.  Slaughter must do two cuts on each side of the spinal column and not compromise the meat with the possible material from the spinal column.  Supposedly if there is a contaminated BSE carcass it could affect the meat. These animals only get BSE after 30 months of age.  On a fed steer we lose the T bone cut because the bone is lost in the cut. 

That is the reason for source verification, to prove the animal is under 30 months.  More

Rural Tour by USDA: Meetings stuffed with employees of USDA

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PPJG Original article    Posted 10:35 pm EST

By Marti Oakley  © 2009

dontbotherme_sCzar Tom Vilsack has been conducting what Obama likes to call [Rural Tours].  The obvious intent of this tour is to make it appear that farmers and ranchers are appearing by the hundreds to support the [Rural broad band] and other funding efforts to prevent the rural industries from dropping dead.  NAIS, a program that was so thoroughly rejected by farmers and ranchers during the listening sessions was not supposed to be on the agenda.

One such recent meeting occurred in Zanesville, Ohio on August 31, 2009 at the Muskingum County Welcome Center, and, although Mansfield News Journal.com reported an attendance of hundreds, they failed to mention that all but about forty of those in attendance were USDA employees.  Those employees had been selected to attend through a raffle of sorts when their respective departments were sent a memo instructing them to send one out of every three employees to the meeting; and to fill the place up.  This was to make it appear to a casual observer that the farm and ranching community was present and being heard, and also that the crowd was controlled and mannerly.  The Czar apparently believed he had his audience plants in place and would have full control of the dialogue.

A quick trip through the parking lot found that nearly every vehicle there bore government free license identification. More


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National Assn. of Farm Animal Welfare

by Darol Dickinson – 9-23-09


Scalping the American Indian is not a new thing for the Federal Government. At certain points of history it appeared somewhat like a game to play soldiers and Indians, to test if repeating rifles compared favorably with wooden bows and arrows. The most recent game is the bribery of tribes for NAIS conquest.

Sec. Vilsack says NAIS is $170 million to date

On August 31, Secretary Vilsack stated that “…..the USDA has spent $170,000,000 to promote the NAIS program.” Although it has been the “shining program on a hill” for USDA, it has met with dismal disaster and disgust to 95% of livestock producers. More


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By Darol Dickinson

Scripts for NAIS state directors have been prepared with Delphi anti-groupthink interrogation techniques. Neil Hammerschmidtz, facilitator Larry Miller, change agent Jeri Dick and John Weimer at USDA have perfected these deceptive, contradictory and extreme methods to high pressure sell the flawed thought of NAIS.

President Eisenhower said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” Born in Abilene, Kansas, an area known for corn and wheat production, was the authoritative background of this presidential quote. Oh, for a quote today with accuracy and experience to back it up! Quotes by elected leaders today contain larger words, eloquence and surety, yet completely lacking integrity.

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS), proposed by profit motive industries, the World Trade Organization and fund-hungry USDA branches are riddled with pabulum substance quotes. Different from the factual Eisenhower, but similar in that quotes are coming from high up leadership with degrees as long as a wagon tongue; today’s honesty is sickly void. As highly paid government employees make poorly thought-out quotes, their numbers often reflect the serious need of a $3 Chinese calculator.

A Time To Be Serious

With up to 2000 U.S. ranchers going belly up per month, grandiose quotes of great profit from beef exports quickly perk the ear of hard working livestock people. Even though they seldom check the numbers, USDA leaders can tease a rancher off a cliff with a grandiose profit theory.

In a recent Beef Magazine article called “Put up or shut up” the author quoted, “If we do nothing and we lose market access……the losses would amount to $18.25/head if we do not adopt NAIS and we lose 25% of export market share.”

Only Listen to Exact Data

What is market share? Last year, 2008, the USA exported beef, live and processed, a total value of $2,876,906,000. The same year the USA imported beef, live and processed, paying exactly $4,764,392,000. In simple terms, this means the US doesn’t produce enough beef to feed the nation and nearly two billion dollars worth of beef must be imported. Annually this data changes very little.

If export sales are reduced there will not be a need to import as much product. If export sales are increased there will be a need to import that much more to feed the nation. Therefore, all the scuttlebutt about increasing exports to help ranchers be more profitable is no more than Botox verbiage.

The $18.25/head loss without NAIS on all 97,000,000 U.S. cattle equals $1,770,250.000. Wow, that causes most of the whole export income to go away. Perhaps the $18.25 figure was slightly exaggerated – like a 93% exaggeration! Today, not a single country requires animal tracing to purchase USA beef.

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Beef ~~ Buy in bulk and Save from US beef producer Darol Dickinson

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Beef ~~ Buy in bulk and Save

Avoid Expensive purchases.

Meat MarketThe most expensive meats are purchased at huge local grocery stores. This habit of purchasing is attractive and convenient. Customer enhancements include small sizes, flashy promotions, special light effects and bright colorful packaging. Pricey meats are promoted in “bite size” packages. As food gets higher, portions get smaller.

Consumers often purchase more than once a week causing the dollars to appear less per trip, but actually, the opposite happens when considering long term family food costs.

Chinese/Brazil burgers?

Store displays often provide products from dozens of countries, all with less sanitary production than the USA. Even with Country of Origin laws it is still difficult to identify the source. Some labels say, “Product of Mexico, Canada and USA.” A ground beef product could mix lean frozen trim from Australia, 40% fat could be added from Canadian feed lot steers and include a pinch of USA product. That is how it can, and does work.
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Get Lean, not Fat.

Longhorn Lean Grass beefHalves of beef are available cut and wrapped in single portions. The vacu-wrap, air tight, fast frozen process seals flavor and prevents freezer aging. Each half of beef comes in 11″ X 12″ X 21″ boxes. (Normally 4 boxes per half) A half beef is 6 to 7.5 cubic feet. This fits easily into a 6.8 cubic foot freezer sold by most appliance stores for $155 to $180. The cost for freezer electricity is $30 + – per year.  www.head2tail.com

Five family processing plants cut and wrap LHT products. The plant owners work consistently on site. These are not huge factories with illegals doing the work. All are Ohio State or USDA inspected. Although some plants are a good distance from Barnesville, the travel is worth the personal quality control.

Easy Transport of frozen product.Nice longhorn cow and calf

All product is available at the LHT Store at 35000 Muskrat, Barnesville, Ohio. Halves of beef may be transported for up to 20 hours without thaw as a result of special packing. It is easy to transport frozen product. LHT delivery routes include areas of Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Colorado Springs, Little Rock, Morgantown, Hagerstown, Tulsa, and Ft. Worth.  Request details.  www.head2tail.com

Buying in volume saves.

Purchasing in volume can save the average family of 5 up to $800 per year. LHT halves are priced at $2.75 per lb. hanging weight. A half beef weighs from 290 to 390 lbs. Quarters are also available for those with less storage space. The LHT Certified Texas Longhorn Beef can be purchased from a pound to hundreds of pounds. Volume discounts are available on 50 lbs. or more.

The Highest Quality, Lean & healthy.Longhorn Herd on natural grass

Lean grind is a full steer product including all steaks, roasts, yet removing fat trim. It is not generic scrap trimmings from over fattened feed lot steers. LHT grind averages 92% lean. There is no comparison in taste and health values for the money. The real proof is taste and cooking qualities.  Call 740 758 5050 to reserve a half for your family. Special custom cutting can be ordered in advance.  www.head2tail.com

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NAIS ~~~ to Own a Politician


From: Darol Dickinson
Barnesville, Ohio 43713
740 758 5050 5-28-09

by Darol Dickinson 7-1-09

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Political Bribery and Collusion

Let’s call him Mr. B. He was a very auspicious Texas businessman and Mr. B planned to stay that way. His success had come hard, taking the highest risks, and no half pint politician was going to pass some bleeding heart law to thwart his achievements. Mr. B volunteered to serve as Republican Fund Raising Chairman and consistently rolled in the donations. He was highly respected by Texas candidates because he sucked in the bucks. With no small shock to many, here he is on TV, at a Democratic rally, right next to the podium by the featured speaker. What is going on? To cover all bases, he was also the leading contributor to the Democratic party. Mr. B. said, “I must know for certain that when I need special things, no matter who wins, I can make one phone call and — I own them.” More

NAIS ~~~~ Death in the rural USA

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by Darol Dickinson 6-29-09

Farmer upsided down and destroyed by NAIS

Over 1000 livestock producer’s businesses die each month in the USA. Many of these family farms and ranches have survived the great depression and weathered the droughts and blizzards. Today a different storm of a political nature is planning to deal the death blows. More

NAIS~~~ the Deterioration of Earned Respect

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From: Darol Dickinson
Barnesville, Ohio 43713
740 758 5050 5-28-09

by Darol Dickinson

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Trailer with noosesThe entry of the USDA Colorado listening session was jammed with sign covered livestock trailers. Members of the Colorado Independent Cattle Growers Assn. were pawing the dirt about the possible mandatory NAIS. Well over 90% of the speakers were opposed to the feared program. Many had driven a full day to be able to speak 3 serious minutes to USDA staff.

Nearly 5 years ago I attended my first county NAIS listening session. I heard a detailed presentation by a professionally trained USDA state director. About 40 people crowded into a small room in a government building during the dark of an early winter evening. I knew the state NAIS director and had been in an Ohio Cattlemen’s Assn. policy committee meeting with him. I had a high respect and appreciation for his fairness, knowledge and livestock experience.

The state Farm Bureau director was present and assured everyone NAIS was the right thing to do.

As the NAIS program was laboriously presented, the hair bristled on my neck like a Michael Vick dog challenged by a common alley cat. In respect for the presenter, I did not jump to my feet and scream fowl play. I listened until his whole load of hay was forked to the herd.

Over a dozen points were eloquently presented. You could hear a pin drop in a room full of hard working Ohio livestock people who weren’t easily snookered.

We were told, NAIS would not be a choice. It was going to happen. NAIS would create increased livestock profit for those who promptly enrolled. Those who did not enroll would suffer losses–not the fault of USDA. We were duly warned! Without NAIS the export markets would promptly dry up for US livestock producers. If anthrax disease was introduced to the US livestock industry by terrorist, it would destroy all US agriculture. If foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was introduced by terrorist it would engulf whole states overnight and wipe out the livestock industry. Then he said the Mad Cow media event in Washington state was the explosive reason NAIS was created by USDA — to protect all concerned.

After the meeting the largest commercial cattle producer in the county signed up his premises. He had several ranches leased so he enrolled multiple premises. Another dozen people were quickly enrolled.

Most, either in western hats or bibbed overalls knew the successful USDA history. Attendees had the ultimate respect for USDA’s eradication of bangs disease, screw worms, and numerous other livestock pearls including scabies and FMD. No country had ever attacked and successfully cleaned up livestock diseases like the USA. This country has the most disease free livestock in the world. There was a great respect for USDA’s efforts and an earned position of world honor.

The following day I called the resident director at Texas A & M Research and Extension Center in Uvalde, Texas. (Many livestock diseases had hovered near the Mexican boarder.) I was told yes, that anthrax was a problem but for eighty cents per dose stock could be vaccinated and there would be no losses. It was done all the time in that area. I was also told that FMD was eliminated in 1929 and was not in the US or Mexico at this time. FMD would not kill normal healthy cattle and the meat was edible without harm to people. A vaccine is also available for FMD, if any people are concerned.

With some shocking research, the Mad Cow event was not the origin of NAIS. Meetings behind closed doors to plan NAIS had previously happened for over a dozen years. Unpublicized meetings prior to 1994 included Neil Hammerschmidt, now with APHIS, Ken Olson of American Farm Bureau, Beth Lautner with the National Pork Producers Council, John Weimers, with USDA, Chuck Sattler with the National Assn. of Animal Breeders, Glen Slack of the Livestock Conservation Institute, David Nolan of Cargill, and several tag companies were represented including Glenn Fisher of Allflex. Like hungry lions fighting over fresh kill, NAIS was carefully planned many years prior to the Mad Cow event and an equal number of years before the British FMD fiasco.

NAIS was planned without a valid cause, then, as disease was found; disease became the cause.

NAIS is a hard sell. Congress has approved nearly $150,000,000 to promote and enroll livestock breeders. Cooperative agreement grants have been given to state departments of agriculture, universities, tribes, livestock breed associations and a cast of thousands licensed or funded by USDA. Never in history has an unpopular government program been funded so strong with only minuscule acceptance. As of today less than 10% of all livestock producers have surrendered to NAIS premises enrollment.

One year ago, Mike Johanns gave up. After spending nearly 3 years promoting NAIS, the Bush Sec. of Agriculture wrote his boss a letter of resignation, and dropped it in the mail box on his way to the parking lot. No two week or one month courtesy notice was given. He evaporated out of Washington DC with the same dignity a common thug would offer the owner of a low stakes cock fight ring.

From USDA’s world respect in disease eradication, it is now totally changing to a sad ending of political bribery, distrust, and a cowering staff of “bought” white shirted degrees.

USDA planned to grasp every livestock producer by 2008. It started with listening sessions in every state. Now the big guns have rolled out meetings all over the nation. The rural peasants are allowed to assert their three minute views for refusing to enroll in NAIS. Regional town hall type meetings are staffed with seasoned “listeners” such as Hammerschmidt, Dicks, and Weimers. A “low-tech” video of Sec of Agruculture Tom Vilsack is used to warm up a hardened crowd.

As USDA’s respect dwindles, cowboys, consumers, and all types of food producers are participating in the national “mud-throwing” sessions. The recent Colorado session gave USDA “listeners” an atmosphere less friendly than a Birney Madoff investor’s meeting.

As USDA team members and security guards entered the Colorado meeting hall cattle trailers, angry ranchers and signs of protest decorated the area. Quite conspicuous were the hangman’s nooses with signs–“FREE ROPES FOR USDA NAIS OFFICIALS! NO NAIS! HEY USDA–“DON’T TREAD ON ME!

Police, ordered by USDA, demanded all hangman’s nooses be removed from the property –“it was threatening violence.” One law enforcer said he thought the nooses were rather humorous, considering the cause.

As federales and farmers mumbled into the trouncing room, each person was given a real set of amputated rattlers from a Colorado rattle snake. People of the land were as serious as a snake bite about ending all plans of mandatory NAIS. As occasional rattling sounds were numerous, it made an eerie sound like no other listening session in history. The nooses were serious, as were the venomous steel eyed ranchers defending their livelihoods.

The Colorado spirit became more hostile. Over 90% spoke against NAIS, the same as previous sessions. Those speaking for NAIS were connected in every case by generous grants from USDA for the sole purpose of coercing enrollments.

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Trailer with noosesUSDA official listeners were greeted by numerous livestock trailers covered by home made signs clearly displaying opposition to NAIS. Hangman’s nooses made the basic statement from cattle owners to the feds. “FREE ROPES FOR USDA NAIS OFFICIALS.” USDA security guards were required to strip the nooses off as it was thought they indicated “VIOLENCE AND CROWD DISORDER.” It was too late. The true dead serious message was already expressed.

Chuck Sylvester, past CEO of the huge National Western Stock Show, was inflamed because Colorado State University, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (recipients of $4,746,993 of NAIS grant money) had forced youth exhibitors at the Colorado State Fair to enroll their parent’s ranches in NAIS. He compared USDA to child molesters and pedophiles. He closed with a stern, “MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS!”

With dozens of red faced presenters the tone changed from the problem of NAIS to the cause of NAIS–USDA itself. Kansas rancher Mike Callicrate said, “I think we need to have a cleansing at USDA and it has to go deep, and the disease we need cleansing from USDA is corporate control–people who have gotten into USDA. We need to assess whether USDA has done their job? If USDA was to protect the food system –you are FIRED! If USDA is supposed to make sure family farmers have access to local markets, and the people who they know–you are also FIRED!”

The sessions originally designed to help USDA fine tune NAIS, completely backfired. The flaws are going beyond NAIS to the inner bowels of USDA. Quotes like, “We need to go to Washington with our pitch forks!” “If NAIS becomes mandatory there will be blood in the streets!”

And last, “We will fight NAIS to the death!”

Dickinson Longhorn cattle company continues its fight against NAIS


From the National Assn. of Farm Animal Welfare, 4.22.09


Life is precious, even more so when a little life is hanging by a thread. Here at Dickinson Cattle Company Inc., near Barnesville, Ohio, USA, every life is priority, the people and the livestock. When every breath of oxygen and ounce of colostrum is life or death, tender love, and on the spot management is drastically important.


Herd health doesn’t come out of a bottle, or because of a federal law. It certainly is not about ear tags, or about Humane Society animal rights theory. It comes from devoted livestock management by the people who appreciate and respect livestock the most, the owners. Herd health is not a fourth of July rally. It goes all year long with generous amounts of clean hay, water and minerals during cold winter days.

Ranchers know their stock. Genetics are planned with special traits for many generations. Not only do producers know every herd animal, they often know their planned mating genealogies for 20 to 50 years deep back into historic pedigrees. The mind of a true stockman evaluates every trait of every animal. The herd sires receive multiple scrutiny. Frozen semen is a special tool for breed improvement. Check DCCI sires available at http://www.texaslonghorn.com/inventory/semen/index.cfm

Over 1000 livestock producing families per month go broke or terminate their businesses. This is caused by excessive enforcements, taxes, regulations of governments beyond reason, and the cost of labor having to compete against union salaries and the government’s high paying jobs. Each day Congress and the Senate pass more laws to increase cost of agriculture production. Look close at these American families and realize they are a vanishing species. They work day and night to excel. The elderly fear the future; youth innocently dream of the grandeur to come. As children prepare for the cattle shows of this coming Summer, Washington regulators prepare to force mandatory NAIS compliance to strap livestock owners with one more hard financial blow.JV_0101_s

You may have called your elected federal officials hundreds of times and robotically treated like a borrowed mule, never receiving the dignity of a returned call. Try another hundred emails, letters, fax and phone calls. Call your state veterinarians who have all taken massive bribes (cooperative agreements) from the USDA to promote NAIS. As the elected and employed ones vote themselves increases of salary, insurance and retirements annually, thousands of food producers in the USA depart. Please try a few more times to contact your enforcers. Someday, one may listen to the people affected by their onerous legislations and do the right thing. Please say — NO to NAIS.

Feds tell us who they think we are

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Darol Dickinson from   texaslonghorn.com  sends along this document.  Use it to find out what kind of patriot your government thinks you are.  As I have stated in the past numerous times, the enemy our government fears is US!  We are the “terrorists”…..not the Muslims…..not the radical Islamic religion…..us.  As reference on just whom the government fears most, read the Patriot Acts…..terrorism is never mentioned unless there is an egregious asssault on civil liberites. 

As you go through this listing of who the government thinks is a terrorist, keep in mind YOU are a prime suspect!

Thanks to Darol for letting us know just how threatening he is in the eyes of our government.  (sarc)

From Darol:

Please check the attached document to determine who you are and what the federal government considers your category.  Although I have always thought I was a law abiding, peaceful American with some pride of country and respect of leaders—-now I know what they think of me.

 I find I fit 19 threatening categories.  I think I am a rightwing extremist neo-patriot second-target sovereign resistance hacktivist constitution-based decentralized bloc aboveground Baptist.  Now I know why I am having a problem staying a Republican and Libertarians look a little to mellow to me.  
It looks like, unless I am a government employee, totally politically correct in each act and statement, I am considered a threat to the good order and stability of the country.
If this file comes in large, just reduce it.  It is official use only and you are not supposed to know about this — Top Secret document!  However I hereby grant you my authority to open this official secret classified document.
At the very end it gives details and “encourages recipients to report information concerning suspicious activity similar to above described to DHS and FBI.”  So looks like most of us need to turn ourselves in to authorities.  Darol Dickinson

Darol Dickinson on the radio April 6th

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ATTENTION —– Darol Dickinson, rancher and NAIS opposition leader of Barnesville, Ohio will be featured on the Power Hour.  Details below.  Information is available for callers through the entire program.  Many state veterinarians and NAIS state directors have been “spoon fed” by USDA about the wonderful NAIS program.  This will give them an opportunity to call in and ask the questions they have failed to understand about NAIS; the reasons over 90% of livestock producers refuse to surrender to NAIS property enrollment and why some farmers are talking of all out rebellion against the heavy hand of USDA if any part of “mandatory NAIS” becomes enforced in the USA.  Hear the Power Hour while the final nails are driven in the NAIS coffin, Monday, April 20, with Darol Dickinson. 



FROM:  “The Power Hour” with Joyce Riley & Dave vonKleist

               PO Box 85, Versailles, MO  65084



RE: Talk Radio~~~ MONDAY – APRIL 6th – 10.05 am-CT

The Power Hour with Joyce & Dave” sincerely wish to thank Darol Dickinson for agreeing to be a guest on their syndicated talk radio.  
Our audience is going to be so grateful to receive NAIS current information. 

We will link our radio website to: www.texaslonghorn.net and http://www.naisstinks.com
We wish for our audience to have all current NAIS information.

The Power Hour appreciates Darol Dickinson’s dedication and efforts to this topic and we look forward to this special guest appearance.

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NAIS ~~~ Real Private Sector Discrimination!

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From: National Assn of Farm Animal Welfare                 PRESS RELEASE
            280 Fair Ave. Suite #35
            Fairview, Ohio 43736 – USA                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            Darol Dickinson, 4.6.09

NAIS ~~~ Real Private Sector Discrimination!

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) has been promoted by USDA for over 10 years with minimal appreciation from livestock owners. Over $130,000,000 of US taxpayer money has been squandered to promote the system. Many quasi reasons for NAIS have been asserted like secret World Trade Organization treaties, export development, source/age verification, animal disease trace back, and the last inference has been food safety. None of these ploys have convinced over three million holdout US producers to be penitent and enroll their private properties into NAIS; coercion is next.

Beyond the wearying inertia for NAIS enrollment is the hypocritical element that plagues USDA. There are, according to the new US Agriculture census, 32,834,801 beef cows. While USDA is pressing to have all beef cows cataloged on the secret NAIS federal computer, another herd is not mentioned with even a whisper. This larger herd is spread over all 50 states, and roams back and forth across Canadian, *Russian, and Mexican borders without documentation or enforcement. This huge herd is the state and federal game animal inventory. No mention of their premises, or RFIDs is in the USDA surveillance plans. The government responsibility of these numerous species is not an issue for NAIS, only enforcement of the domestic private sector livestock.

U.S. farm livestock are contained on over three million fenced properties, but the government managed game animals are not. They have the ability to roam unfettered. This wild mingling is the fastest way to spread disease, however USDA does not concern itself with sister governmental inventories, nor do they have any plan to deal with these disease issues.

In all fairness to the government wildlife management systems, perhaps it is not a big deal. Yet the Quality Deer Management Association says White Tail Deer number over 32,000,000. That is just the White Tail species. To look at more government animals traveling North America, how about 4,000,000 wild boar and over a million elk according to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. There are nearly a million antelope and caribou. Other wild inventory roaming over private property and federal lands include bison, bear, black tail deer, millions of mule deer, burros, moose, mountain goats, reindeer, and the terror of western ranchers, wild horses. These numbers impressively stack up well over double the beef cow inventory.

If the federal government emphatically believes all domestic livestock should be NAIS compliant, should the federal and state government’s herd also comply? To set a good example, perhaps all feral game animals should be NAIS tagged, before demanding US farmers tag all their docile carefully managed animals? Is that a reasonable policy?

Currently Michigan is fighting TB problems and requires NAIS mandatory enforcement on all domestic livestock. Whoa? But didn’t the first Michigan cattle to show up with TB trace their exposure to state owned wild life? Who caused the burden of 10 years of quarantines for Michigan with serious trade barriers to the commercial domestic livestock sales? How much did the free range deer of Michigan do to damage private livestock investments? Plenty!

Yellow Stone Park has historically been a hot bed of problems to ranchers in counties and states near the park. Disease has created no major concerns for the government on their elk and buffalo herds, but financial disaster for private sector livestock nearby.

Is NAIS about disease? Perhaps, but only in the light of insidious creeping fascism and the loss of individual rights.

What about safe food? There are stacks of rules and regulations regarding processing of domestic red meat, but no rules affect processing of harvested deer, mostly field dressed and chilled in a remote tree. No issue of safe or diseased meat product has attracted a NAIS red flag with government owned game animals harvested.
NAIS is said to be a human food safety issue. More U.S. human lives are lost from large game animal auto smashes than all E.coli bacteria food issues, bull fighting, Nascar, rodeo and sports related accidents.

What about death? Some death is OK, but some death is not. According to Dr. Michael Conover, Director of the Berryman Institute at Utah State University, deer vehicle collisions are responsible for an estimated 200 human fatalities, 29,000 injuries and over $1.1 billion in property damage each year. Even more shocking, since there are over 32 million whitetails in the US, one of every 21 deer will be involved in an auto collision, mostly fatal to the deer. With over two million wild hogs in Texas alone, data is similar with auto/hog smashups.

Enforcement, maybe? Disease is something that happens in feral game herds, but a very contrasting standard is dictated under private sector management. All US breeders of superior trophy horned penned deer must be licensed by their state Division of Wildlife. An annual Wild Animal Propagation Permit must be purchased and an inspector checks the inventory and facilities regularly. No animals can move to neighboring herds or states without a series of veterinarian inspections and certificates, at the owner’s expense. Violators face business destroying penalties.

NAIS, many believe, is planned to become a Propagation Permit program with an inspection process for all domestic livestock just like current penned deer compliance. NAIS is about funding, government jobs, control, and enforcement income.

A discernible prejudice is obvious between USDA’s enforcement of private sector livestock and animals owned by the government. The private sector livestock is hammered with regulations, but government animals exist with constant planned negligence—– unnoticed and unenforced. All of NAIS is a clear case of arbitrary decisions of random bureaucrats.

Robin Hood, the legend of old, shot the king’s deer, who were eating the peasants corn fields. He and the peasants faced certain beheading if caught. Now, hundreds of years later the deer are still in the peasant’s fields. The King still owns the deer, but now the King sells hunting licenses to his subjects causing less fear of decapitation. The King also wants all peasants to buy their own computer, learn to use it, then place an NAIS chip or tag in all their own critters.

It cannot be repeated often enough—the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals. It is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government.

Now, what was that reason for private sector NAIS again?

*Brown bear, ocean mammals, arctic fox, water fowl, etc.

Oppose NAIS~~~Lone cattleman develops Web site

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March 31, 2009

As the controversy of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) continues to divide the livestock industry, one man is leading a campaign against the program by not only writing letters to congressmen, but also by starting up a Web site and contributing articles he has written.

Darol Dickinson, manager of the family-owned Dickinson Cattle Co. Inc., runs one of the 50 largest registered cattle ranches in the United States, numbering up to 1,600 registered cattle. The ranch is also involved in livestock marketing, retail meat sales, cattle feeding, and exporting to more than 20 countries.

As proposed, when and if implemented, the NAIS will allow state health agencies, in the event of a disease outbreak, to trace the movement of an animal back to the place of origin within 48 hours.

The issue of the accuracy and costs of recording each movement of an animal has been questioned and is a concern of many cattlemen, including Dickinson.

Dickinson brought up a January 2007 experience as one of the reasons why he is opposed to the NAIS program while being interviewed for this article.

He said in 2007, he was visited by a detective of the APHIS Investigative and Enforcement Services, not for a disease outbreak, but because of a clerical error. The error involved an interstate movement of one cow sold in January 2006, in which the veterinarian did not list one number on the certificate of veterinary inspection for interstate movement of animals.

Dickinson wrote about this incident in the article, “Chasing a Cow Over Five States,” detailing the happenings of what he experienced to warn others of the federal penalties the NAIS may lead to if the program should become mandatory.

At the present time, the NAIS is voluntary, except in four states where legislation has implemented a mandatory program to assist in the control of certain diseases.

“The fines and penalties for USDA are very nebulous. They have the ability to ‘stack’ their charges like no other enforcement agency. For instance, you transport a critter over state lines and the USDA licensed veterinarian fills out the health certificate incorrectly … you may be charged and fined for not knowing he did it wrong,” Dickinson said. “When they can’t make their case, they hold it in a file and threaten in a future date to bring it up again and attach it to another minor violation making a ‘stacked’ charge on one of their house rules.”

After Dickinson refused to plead no contest and pay $1,000 in fines, the case was dropped a year and a half later. Dickinson said the U.S. Department of Agriculture will keep the case on file and add it to the next violation “to create a really bad violation.” He said the vet was called before a hearing court in Oklahoma and was hammered verbally. He had failed to include one optional number on the certificate.

Dickinson also questions if the movement of animals can accurately be recorded by the databases, since the average steer in the United States now has eight owners during it’s lifetime, with the consumer being No. 8. With the animal identification program, six computer entries will be required, giving many opportunities for errors, and fines, he said.

Dickinson released an article in 2008 titled, “NAIS — the Fourth Component,” which he said is enforcement. Dickinson reviewed the fines that may be imposed if and when the animal identification program becomes mandatory, ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 and more, citing U.S. Code, Title 7, found on the Web site of the Cornell University Law School, Legal Information Institute.

“One could be fined in county court $1,000 for a 70-mile-per-hour speed violation through a school zone, yet $50,000 for crossing a state line with one number incorrect on a USDA- issued livestock health certificate — for a perfectly healthy child’s pony!” Dickinson wrote.

Dickinson wrote the enforcement article since he believes that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a “law-making branch of the federal government that could take a $10 parking violation and make it into a hanging offense. One fine from Investigative and Enforcement Services (IES division of APHIS) can devastate a family farm completely and it doesn’t have to involve any animal disease.”

“The APHIS/NAIS site changes like a baby diaper. It is a moving target and referred to as a ‘living’ document. They can add or remove at any time. It is not designed to easily understand. Undefined created words allow APHIS to interpret as they wish at a future date,” Dickinson said.

Dickinson’s article and others can be found on his Web site http://www.naisSTINKS.com, which contains articles, political cartoons, posters, and quotes in opposition to the NAIS. It is an “attempt to set the record straight from the twisted press releases USDA sends to media daily,” Dickinson said. He considers the site as “a self-defense site to preserve family livestock businesses.”

“I want to save the ranch I have worked to build for 42 years for my grandchildren and I don’t want it destroyed by the federales with unnecessary enforcements for a problem we don’t have,” he said.

At the present time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Web site states, “There are no Federal penalties or other ‘enforcement’ mechanisms associated with the NAIS.” Not unlike other government slight-of-speech promises, they want to change that to mandatory and the enforcements will be on the way. 


“I’m hopeful that we can bring people in and lay out on the table what are your concerns about a mandatory system,” said USDA Sec. Vilsack, a former Iowa governor. “Let’s work through them and see if we can get to a point where we can then fashion a mandatory system that would do the job and would work.”


According to Dickinson, “There’s only one problem with the Vilsack plan, that one pernicious word—MANDATORY.”


Reporting, editing; Doering, Gregorio, Headtel, Dickinson, Pat Kopecki and Wilson County News.


Mandatory Equine Licenses Enacted


by Darol Dickinson~~ 1-26-09

The New Hampshire Municipal Association proudly touts a new special “equine” tax that will increase jobs and create new state income from the estimated 24,000 equine in New Hampshire. A licensing of each and every equine is proposed to be effective July 1, 2009. This is a tax of $25 per horse (equine) and in cases of refusal to comply, the state adds another $50 to slap the cowboys in line. It isn’t a smoke screen about export, food safety or disease, it is just a new state income.

Beyond the state lines of New Hampshire, the USDA has been at war with livestock owners to coerce enrollment in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), a multi-billion dollar scheme to computerize, number and create a permanent surveillance system on all US livestock. This plot is the mother of all numbering scenarios. With the commerce of all US livestock, at the end of three years the total computer movements recorded, and paid for by animal owners, would eclipse the number of the earth’s human population.

These draconian sounding tax collection schemes, although totally putrid to animal lovers, are completely sane to bureau-rats who’s salary increases, retirement and weekly sustenance depend on innovative ways to transfer wealth from the regulated to the regulators.

Just down the trail to New York 88 new taxes have been deviously hatched by the lowly staff of Governor David Paterson to help pay for his flawed $15.4 billion budget gap. Hookers who have enjoyed a tax break on work clothes worth less than $110, won’t any more. An 18% increase on sodas is proposed; higher gas tax, increased taxi tax, boats, cars, rental car taxes, cigars, iPods, etc. Plush governmental cubicles high in the New York sky are filled with think-tank devious minds searching the alleys for a new tax source to increase the regulator’s revenue. New York Conservative Party Chairman, Michael Long says, “You’re (Gov. Paterson) sending notice to the people of New York that we really don’t want you here.”

Tribute ideas like the USDA’s NAIS, horse licensing and the New York taxationists search the world over to locate new and innovative collection methods. It is one thing to develop a new tax and another to collect it. That is where enforcements are enacted with fines, late penalties, and refusal-to-comply fees.

In Australia a tax called the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) has been operational for several years. Herds of computer toting Biosecurity Officers now stalk the Outback to locate animal owners out of compliance; conviction is up to a $4000 fine for not registering a livestock premises.

The love of companion animals is multiplying in affection world wide. What a sadistic way to create funding, to assess a new tribute for pets, livestock and beloved family animals. Animal licensing is the contemporary government way to tax not just the animal, but the joy and profit of livestock ownership.

In New Hampshire it starts out,



In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nine, and then explains for Equine Licenses. Amend RSA 435, Sec 41, etc. In a scoop shovel it is proposed, $25 per year, every year, and each animal must have a number. The number process approved by the USDA is a computer chip, surgically injected under the skin by a USDA licensed veterinarian at a fee of $75 to $125 per equine, depending on how many in the remuda.

The Fiscal Impact: “The Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food and the New Hampshire Municipal Association estimates this bill will increase state and local revenue, and increase local expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2010 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on county revenue or state and county expenditures.”

On July 1, will the horse owners of New Hampshire migrate to other states or will a large population of equine feces machines establish residence on the Concord State Capitol lawn?

This may be the time and place to rethink the New Hampshire motto: “LIVE FREE OR DIE.”

First Australia, the NAIS, the New Hampshire Equine Licenses—-all innovations of hostage taxation, which is a spreading livestock disease in itself. The mystery of expanding government is not how it works, but how in the world to make it stop!


More info


http://www.naisSTINKS.com, Australian Biosecurity, http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au.





Mandatory Equine Licenses Enacted

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