Ranchers Warn of Disease That Could ‘Decimate’ Cattle Industry

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The biggest victim of President Joe Biden’s border crisis, livestock experts are warning, may not even be able to vote — and may not be human at all.

According to Fox News, ranchers are sounding the alarm over the possibility that open borders could bring an outbreak of a dangerous disease that could “decimate” cattle, pigs, sheep and other cloven-hooved animals.

In an interview published on Friday, Todd Wilkinson, the president-elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and a South Dakota rancher, sounded the alarm about foot and mouth disease coming in over our unsecured southern border.

“Our border is just so porous, if that disease comes in, it’s just going to devastate the industry. And frankly, I don’t know how it’s been kept out to this point,” he said.

While the disease circulates among 77 percent of the world’s livestock population — primarily in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and parts of South America — the United States hasn’t had an outbreak since 1929.

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However, because of the border crisis, Wilkinson predicts that will change.

“It can come in, certainly, with animals. It can also come in on a meat product. So there’s a number of ways it’s going to come in. But the most likely way it’s going to come in is some manure on the bottom of somebody’s boot,” he said.

Should the disease come into the United States, he said, a mandatory 72-hour pause of cattle movement would be called for. In reality, that could be up to a weeklong pause.

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“Just think of that — no cattle moving anywhere in the country, or going in and out of the country, for up to a week … you’re going to see the beef industry just decimated,” he said.

“That’s why we’re so concerned about getting traceability in place, so that we can track those issues, and we can reduce the size of the quarantine very quickly,” he added.

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