|Posted on June 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
The USDA is about to finalize a rule that will cause significant problems for independent ranchers, small farmers, and even backyard poultry owners. Please help protect our farms by telling your Representative to put a stop to this!The USDA is on track to issue a final rule on Animal ID this summer and has not indicated that any major changes have been made from the version it proposed last year. That rule as proposed by USDA would subject cattle and poultry owners across the country to new tagging and paperwork requirements that could collectively cost hundreds of millions of dollars, yet the agency has designated the final rule as “not economically significant.”The bottom line is that this animal ID rule is a solution in search of a problem. The USDA has failed to identify the specific problem or disease of concern. Instead, the real focus of the program is helping the export market for the benefit of a handful of large corporations.The agency has also failed to account for the true cost to private individuals, businesses, and state and federal agencies, creating an unfunded mandate. The new rule will harm rural businesses while wasting taxpayer dollars that could be better spent on the real problems we face in controlling animal disease, food security, and food safety.Please help protect our farms and our right to own animals by contacting your Representative today!TAKE ACTIONCall your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to work to stop funding for the Animal ID rule until and unless the agency addresses the full costs of the proposal.If you don’t know who represents you, you can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or find out online at www.house.govSAMPLE MESSAGE:Hi, my name is ____ and I am a constituent from (state). I urge Congressman ____ to work to eliminate funding for the USDA’s Animal Traceability rule. The agency has told the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that the rule is not “economically significant,” but that is simply not true. The rule as proposed by USDA would impose significant costs on independent ranchers, family farmers, backyard poultry owners and livestock businesses.In a time of economic hardship, it makes no sense to spend our tax dollars on this program when USDA hasn’t even properly evaluated the costs or identified specific, concrete benefits. Please work to stop the funding for this unnecessary and burdensome program.MORE INFORMATIONAlthough we don’t know for certain what is in the final rule that USDA has sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final approval, we do know several things:1) The proposed rule had many problems (discussed more below).2) The USDA has not announced that it has made any major changes to the proposed rule. In fact, in informal statements, the USDA has indicated that the costly provisions for tagging feeder cattle are part of the final rule.3) The USDA has told OMB that the rule is “not economically significant,” putting it on the fast track for final approval without any serious evaluation of the true costs that it will impose.FACTS ABOUT THE PROPOSED RULEWe have repeatedly asked USDA for data showing where the problems are in tracking animals currently. Rather than provide that data, USDA hand-picked a few anecdotes, out of the millions of animals in this country. But the agency’s unsupported claims do not justify imposing broad new tracking requirements. Small farms are not the source of most disease problems in this country, yet the proposed rule will burden them unfairly.POULTRY: Small-scale, pastured, and backyard poultry would be particularly hard hit by the rule as proposed. While the large confinement operations will be able to use “group identification,” the definition of the term does not cover most independent operations. Since thousands of people order baby chicks from hatcheries in other states, these birds cross state lines the first day of their lives. Even if the farmer or backyard owner never takes the bird across state lines again, they will have to use individually sealed and numbered leg bands on each chicken, turkey, goose, or duck to comply with the language of the proposed rule.Even if the definition of “group identification” were changed to cover small operations, the result would be new paperwork requirements on almost every person who owns chickens, turkeys, or other poultry. The agency has entirely failed to justify imposing these burdens on poultry owners.CATTLE: Along with new identification requirements imposed on all breeding-age cattle, the proposed rule would require identification and paperwork on calves and young cattle (“feeder cattle”;), even though there’s no evidence that such requirements will help disease control. In addition, veterinarians and sale barns will have to keep records for 5 years, even though many of these cattle will have been consumed years earlier, creating mountains of useless paperwork.Producers will only be able to use brands or tattoos as identification if their States enter into special agreements. State agencies will have to build extensive database systems to handle all of the data, creating problems for States’ budgets.HORSES: The proposed rule also requires that horse owners identify their animals before crossing state lines. Although most, if not all, horses that are shipped across state lines are already identified in some fashion, the proposed rule creates a new complication: Whether or not a physical description is sufficient identification will be determined by the health officials in the receiving state, leaving vets and horse owners struggling with significant uncertainty as they have to anticipate what will be allowed.SHEEP, GOATS, and HOG: The proposed rule also covered sheep, goats, and hogs that cross state lines, essentially federalizing the existing programs which have been adopted state-by-state until now.You can read the proposed rule at www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/downloads/2011/Proposed%20Rule.pdf FOR MORE INFORMATION, go to www.farmandranchfreedom.org/Animal-ID-2011The Cornucopia Institute P.O. Box 126 Cornucopia, WI 54827 www.cornucopia.org
|Posted on September 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM||comments (1)|
We created this Document for Florida Animal Auctions. There have been many inquiries about where they are so we decided to make a listing. If you know of any auctions that aren't listed, please feel free to list them. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted on September 21, 2011 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
We have created a spread sheet for all those who would like to list Birds or related items they have For Sale or Wanted. We are open to any comments, information, suggestions and questions. We can add categories or change them. We created the spread sheet to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for with no sign in required. Any items that are not animal, livestock or farm related will be deleted. Contact us at email@example.com
|Posted on January 22, 2011 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
January 18th, 2011, Sarasota city commissioners voted unanimously in support of a new ordinance allowing residents to have up to four hens. No roosters allowed.
|Posted on January 10, 2011 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
We now have a community page on facebook, Florida Farm Swap Meets (Georgia too now) , for anyone who are interested in hosting any swap meets. You can post your event as well as pictures in our photo section. Please take a look. This is a place to share photos and information on past and upcoming swap meets/events. Share your information and photos. If you have a web site you can post a link to your website. Depending on the participation on this page will be a determining factor to make this a Florida/Georgia Farm Swap Meets (Georgia too now) community page. We have added Georgia too as we have had requests to list some Georgia swap meets and poultry shows. Stay tuned for further updates...
|Posted on December 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM||comments (0)|
A very Special Friend passed away on Friday December 10th, 2010.
Someone so special...
...can never be forgotten.
It will be the little things
that we will remember,
the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem
hard right now,
it will be the memories
of these little things
that help to push
away the pain
and bring the smiles
With Loving Memories of our very Special Friend.
|Posted on October 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
We are having a swap at our farm on Saturday November 20th. Sun Spiced Alpacas will be bringing some Alpacas and will be doing a weaving demonstration.
Farm Swap - Buy/Sell/Trade anything and everything poultry, livestock, small animals, supplies, anything farm related.....
Hilltop Farm Swap Meet
Saturday November 20th
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
3850 W Woodlawn St
Weather won't be an issue (rain or shine). Also we will have some cold drinks & sloppy joes. If anyone wants to bring a favorite dish or snacks, please do. If anyone has drinks they would like to bring we will have coolers.
We were very happy and had a great turnout at our swap (Sat. Jan 16th). Hopefully this swap will be just as successful. Don't forget to bring a camera...
On November 13th the Central Florida Breeders Association is having their annual Poultry Show at the Citrus County fairground auditorium in Inverness, FL.