Cowboy boots took over Capitol Hill last week as U.S. Cattlemen’s Association members gathered for their legislative fly-in. A variety of topics were addressed, ranging from livestock transportation to transparency in the marketplace. USCA board member Justin Tupper, who owns St. Onge Livestock in South Dakota, says mandatory price reporting is one timely issue. “One revision we’d like to see is a native or non-native origin designation when feeder (or fat) cattle are sold.” Trade also remains a top priority for the U.S. cattle industry. Tupper says one focus is on truth in labeling. “We believe it’s an unfair practice for product that comes into the U.S. to be repacked and labeled as ‘Product of the USA’.”
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