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Cattle & Hog Producers Wait On COOL Decision

A WTO compliance panel has issued a confidential "interim" decision to parties in the case that Canada and Mexico brought against U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling rules. A finding that the labels constitute an unfair trade practice could lead to punitive tariffs on a multitude of American farm goods and other products exported to the two NAFTA partners. The contention of the US Government is that the labels tell U.S. consumers which countries their meat products come from and are legal under WTO rules.

The chair of the WTO panel has previously said a final report could be expected toward the end of July. The interim report gives the three parties one last chance to comment before the decision is made public.

USDA issued a final version of its new COOL rules in May 2013, just making a deadline set by the WTO for addressing the international body’s earlier finding that the rules unfairly discriminated against livestock raised in Canada and Mexico. Instead of doing away with the labeling requirement, USDA responded by issuing new rules that demand even more information be put on labels, including the locations where each production step occurred.

Farm Director Ron Hays discusses these latest developments on COOL with the lead lobbyist of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Colin Woodall. Woodall and the NCBA believe it is likely that the WTO will rule against the US in this latest challenge brought by two of our key trading partners, Mexico and Canada.

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Sheep Farming: Relocating Sheep / September 21, 2022

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At Ewetopia Farms, we were relocating sheep again. With lambing in full swing, we needed to get our first family groups of sheep over to the Coveralls. This meant moving a Suffolk breeding group from one barn to the other. To do this, we also had to reconfigure a few sheep pens to accommodate the new groups. This also meant we had to move stuff out of the way and to other barns. We also decided to let the replacement ewe lambs out to pasture again so we moved the dividing wall and joined our Dorset and Suffolk ewe lambs together. Then we watched them play in the fields for awhile. We also moved more sheep from jugs and moved sheep out of the watch pen. A lot of sheep movement on the farm today! Hope you will enjoy watching the excitement!