R-CALF USA is getting ready to combat groups like the Humane Society of the United States and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This spring, R-CALF USA members will vote on a proposed resolution that would put on record, R-CALF USA's stance of opposing extremist animal rights individual's or groups' views and tactics.
R-CALF USA Member Jim Foster says the organization has not had, to date, policy on the books stating that cattle farmers and ranchers are the experts when it comes to the proper management of their livestock.
"Our animals are a tremendous investment in our livelihoods," Foster said. "So of course we're going to give them what they need to be healthy and productive."
R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry, a Missouri veterinarian who also chairs the group's animal health committee, says farmers and ranchers, without doubt, are the best stewards of their land and livestock because that's what they rely on to pay their bills. Statistics show the U.S. live cattle industry generates to the national economy about $50 billion per year.