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Taxing Cows….

January 5, 2009

This is now the second round of “cow tax” stories making waves in the news cycle. Of course, it can’t be screamed from the mountain tops enough, as far as I’m concerned.

“The tax for dairy cows could be $175 per cow, and $87.50 per head of beef cattle. The tax on hogs would upwards of $20 per hog,” the release said. “Any operation with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs would have to obtain permits.”

Kate Galbraith, correspondent for The New York Times, noted on the Times’ “Green Inc.” blog that such a “proposal is far from being enacted” and that the “hysteria may be premature.”

Translation, “noone was supposed to know about this until it was passed”. My inner Dale Gribble keeps thinking that the real culprits behind this are the big meat processors, who have yet to force beef production (and ownership) into their vertically integrated production scheme, like they’ve done with pork and chicken. They could easily absorb this added cost, knowing full well that it would crush the small independent ranchers that supply them their feeder cattle. This would leave struggling ranchers at their mercy, and lead to them managing herds owned by Tyson and Excel.

That would never happen though, because no private company would ever use state policy to monopolize their industry, right?


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  1. Pylades permalink

    Great new blog. Absolutely ADORE the banner (and the daughter looks lovely too 😉 ). Consider me a regular reader from now on.

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