Sunday, November 01, 2009

Wisconsin Judge Orders Beef Rancher to Register Premises Under State's Livestock Premises Registration Law

I knew that I would eventually get a story where I would have to research the premises ID and the National Animal Identification System. I have heard lots of conspiracies on the issue, but I will go to the official source as well.

The conspiracy theories say that the premises registration law will be a way for the government to track, trace and database everyone's land and farms for later corrupt uses or takings. The official page says that these theories are unfounded. Here is the USDA's official FAQ Answers page on premises registration and animal identification, which you can read by clicking this sentence. According to the USDA, premises registration is voluntary under the federal law!

However, in the case at hand, a Wisconsin judge has ordered a beef rancher to register his premises under the State's premises registration law.

Cumberland cattle rancher Patrick Monchilovich, 39, faced trial Oct. 21 in Balsam Lake for not registering his premises as required by the state's livestock premises registration law...

[The judge] ordered Monchilovich to pay $389.50 within 60 days.

About 25 farmers and others showed up in the courtroom to support Monchilovich and his wife, Melissa...

"They're taking away freedoms," Monchilovich told The Country Today after the hearing was adjourned...

District Attorney Dan Steffen filed a complaint against Monchilovich on Feb. 25. Monchilovich entered a not guilty plea in March, arguing that the costs incurred by farmers far outweigh the rewards of premises ID and the National Animal Identification System...

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in 2003 became the first agricultural agency in the U.S. to implement mandatory livestock premises registration.

Anyone who keeps livestock must register that location with the state.

Although the USDA says that the federal registration process is voluntary, it is obvious from this case that when a State adopts the National Animal Identification System, the process becomes mandatory and enforceable under State law.

Source: The Country Today

Image Source: David Dees

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