DOT creating red tape for cattle industry following Tyson fire
September 17, 2019 By Meghan Grebner Filed Under: Beef, Human Interest, Livestock, News
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says its
disappointed in the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) efforts to help cattle
producers following the fire at the Tyson plant in Holcomb, Kansas.
NCBA’s Colin Woodall, senior vice president for government affairs, says the organization recently asked the Department to provide an Hours of Service waiver to allow trucks to transport live cattle to other plants for processing. “And instead of recognizing the emergency situation we were dealing with, DOT has blown us off and basically wrapped this up in bureaucratic red tape,” he says.
Woodall says the Department has ignored the needs of the
cattle industry. “I think this is very
telling,” he says. “Especially when you
look at that in terms of our bigger fights like Hours of Service and Electronic
Logging Devices. DOT has not been a
friend to the industry.”
While some plant operations have resumed, Woodall says Tyson
has indicated it will be the end of this year or early 2020 before the plant
resumes full operations.
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