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The Food & Drug Administration made a good decision last week when it said it would delay for 60 days its new requirements for how large animals can be disposed. This rule, which was scheduled to take effect in April, stated that the brain and spinal cord had to be removed before dead animals older than 30 months could be transported. The FDA’s reasoning is to protect against the spread of Mad Cow disease and its resulting downturn in the value of American beef overseas. This new rule is forcing Nation Brothers, Shelby County’s contractor, to stop picking up dead cows and horses for rendering. Farmers, most of whom don’t have the means to handle their own disposals, would be left with rotting carcasses and the myriad problems that buzz around them. A group from Kentucky, including Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carriss, went to Washington to lobby the state’s elected officials, who in turn wrote letters and made calls to the FDA. They explained the quandary, and the FDA said it would give the public a little longer to solve this problem. We congratulate that good step, but a new solution would have been better. Maybe this problem could be managed on a state-by-state basis? After all, the big beef exporters in the West don’t have the same issues as dairy and horse farmers in the East. Yes, we continue to have a beef with the FDA about this.