3/12/2018 7:03:00 AM/Categories: Popular Posts, General News, Original, Today's Top 5, Livestock, Grains
New regulations that will have a negative impact on the U.S. livestock industry are just a few days away from being implemented. And both livestock producers and livestock haulers are concerned.
“I’m not sure the producers and I’m not sure a lot of the people in this part of the world understand the severity of this but in my mind it’s the number one thing we’re facing in the livestock industry right now,” said Livestock Marketing Association Director and Billings, MT auction market owner Joe Goggins.
New regulations regarding electronic logging devices have yet to be fully implemented by livestock haulers, but time is running out.
“This transportation thing could really affect the value of these cattle that are over 11, 12 or 13 hours from the corn belt," Goggins said. "They like to buy these cattle from out here but if their forced to unload these cattle before they get them to their destination, you’re going to have a lot of animal welfare type issues, there’s just nowhere to unload them and you can’t get these cattle very far down the road in 11 hours.”
It’s not just the cattle industry that’ll be affected. Big Sandy, MT rancher Stan Weaver is an officer with the American Quarter Horse Association and says those who haul horses will also be subject to these new ELD regulations.
"We look at it as a really bad animal welfare issue. You know if these cattle trucks or horse trucks have to rest for 10 hours they’re going to be flooding these truck stops and rest areas and these cattle and horses are going to be sitting there,” said Weaver. “Even horse trailers are affected by this. It will affect our shows and will devastate college rodeo and pro rodeo. This is serious and people need to get involved.”
Groups like the Livestock Marketing Association, AQHA and others are working desperately to get more time because among other concerns, the technology is far from perfect.
“They’re having trouble with ELD’s. The devices haven’t been working right and there’s a lot of issues with them. Right now, they’re fighting desperately trying to get us a stay so we can address these hours of use. But what we need to do is call these senators and representatives and tell them the severity because it’s too late after its done,” said Goggins.
The new rules went into effect on December 18th for most commercial truckers. But, a 90-day delay was imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association on the same day for livestock haulers so the agency could evaluate issues with the mandate. The 90-day delay ends Sunday, March 18.
Source: Northern Ag Network
3/12/2018 11:45 AM
It affects all ranchers . Because we all have too . We have too have our trucks dot numbers and license just to pull our trailers to a show or sell barn. It is a health issue with livestock. When you have too have health papers. You can't unload just anywhere. The people need too be educated before they make these decisions.
3/12/2018 4:08 PM
3/12/2018 4:31 PM
I've been saying this to so many. Heat in summer. Winter at 0 having to stand still. It's a fed govt law. Where are our facilities to unload govt? Only govt answer I've recieved is to plan your trip better. What a reply. Our meat and produce will double in price very soon.
3/12/2018 6:44 PM
we are all faced with the same problem. don't understand what makes part of the industry thinks they can run longer or harder than the rest. I guess if u have to run more than 11 hrs. you will have to run team like many used to. or stop and unload also used to be done
3/13/2018 6:35 AM
Truckers will have to team on the long haul. Thus raising the price at least a third, if not, 1/2 more than normal.
3/13/2018 7:18 AM
Owners know what to do and they want their animals safe,AND they know what to do with out idiots dictating.
Todd A Hanson
3/18/2018 5:34 PM
Solution: Support efforts like the proposed Madison Food Park Multi-species processing facility development project to be built 8 miles outside of Great Falls. Once built, producers of pork, poultry and cattle will have a viable solution to transporting livestock for processing and market right here in the state of Montana. The ELD mandate would all but be eliminated by the development of this project. Producers need to get behind the project with their support and educate their neighbors across the area who want to continue to pedal propaganda about this project. Facts are - it will be a state-of-the-art facility which will meet or exceed ALL local, State and Federal regulatory agency requirements. Don't be fooled by folks like GFACC who pretend to understand the challenges faced by Montana Ag producers, they are protecting their own narrow self interest because they are anti AG, anti Development and anti Montana.