Australian beef producers have hit out at the imposition of a mandatory livestock identification system, which they say erodes the sector’s competitiveness. The producers are angry that they have a mandatory system when other leading beef producers are introducing voluntary systems.
They seem to be upset that the US has not instituted a mandatory system and that puts them in an uncompetitive position. I have said all along that NAIS will not help the common cattle producer at all and it will only cost us money for no return and Australia producers are showing just this.
The big question is if we can keep it voluntary. The drive for COOL is bringing up the possibility of NAIS being mandatory again. I think that would make the American cattle producers more than a wee bit upset, it would cause a down right revolt. Let's work at making sure NAIS remains voluntary by writing your congressmen. Together we can crush this thing.