Shortage of Food Animal Veterinarian Graduates - 2003

WHEREAS: there is a significant shortfall in the number of food animal veterinarian graduates to service
the livestock production areas of the United States, and 20
WHEREAS: livestock producers rely on their local veterinarians for guidance to insure food and product
safety, herd management and disease control, and
WHEREAS: animal welfare issues and the increasing public scrutiny of humane care and management of
livestock is often closely related to emergency veterinary attention, and
WHEREAS: the physical nature of the work as well as accrued indebtedness tends to divert many capable
graduate veterinarians away from food animal practice, and
WHEREAS: the increased complexity of pharmaceutical and biological product use requires veterinarian
supervision, and
WHEREAS: veterinarian practice can involve long travel distances and extended absence from their clinic
in rural areas, a demand for multi-veterinarian staffed clinics is created.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: the Montana Cattlemen's Association encourages colleges of Veterinary
Medicine to vigorously pursue recruiting and training students with the aptitude and desire to fill the
increasing void of food animal veterinarians.


BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Cattlemen's Association supports exempting the first $10,000,000 on individual estate valuation and $20,000,000 for couples, and supports limiting the tax on all estates above the exemption amount to 35% of any such value. The heirs receiving the estate under this exemption shall do so on a stepped up valuation for tax purposes.


WHEREAS, all livestock owners are required to pay the livestock per capita fee; and
WHEREAS, per capita fees are not being paid by all livestock owners as some are not aware of the livestock per capita fee; and
WHEREAS, per capita fees are used for monitoring and control of animal diseases and for predator control; and
WHEREAS those livestock owners who do not pay the livestock per capita fees places an unfair burden on the remainder of the livestock owners with these costs;

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