I love it when readers call the office to chat. It's great to find out what issues are striking a chord.
Last week, a reader called to discuss premise registration for livestock owners. Illinois recently tried to institute a rule for the 2008 State Fair. The state tried to make premise registration mandatory if you wanted to show an animal at the fair.
As this reader told me, livestock owners went crazy. The state says premise registration will help health officials pinpoint and lock down a potential disease problem, thus avoiding a full-blown outbreak.
This particular reader, who owns 80 head of cattle, doesn't like the idea for several reasons. First, in the event of a disease outbreak, he's nervous he'll be named once the "lawsuits start flying."
Also, he believes premise registration will lead to every animal in the country being accounted for. If this happens, he says big manufacturers could use these exact numbers to fix prices.
Not to mention, he's not a big fan of the additional paperwork it will create. Plus, he thinks the additional paperwork will mean big profits for the ones responsible for registering premises.
After we chatted for about an hour, I realized just how important this issue is to him. He said, "We'll I've got to get off here. I need to go fix the combine." My mouth hung open when I realized he had a broken combine in the middle of an extremely late harvest.