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to freedom are men and women of zeal, well-meaning, but
without knowledge or understanding.”
~Justice Louis Brandeis~

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~Jenqu~

Ranch meaning, in general, any real world dwelling probably not involving full care board. Kind of a rural voice of real horse owners, trainers, traders, auction owners, rodeo contractors, etc.. all of us who have taken a verbal beating and called greedy ass hats. Back at the Ranch contributors, moderators, subjects, and so on, are pro-horse, pro-owner, and pro-slaughter.
Back at the Ranch was formed by a group of like minded horse / livestock owners. It is a place for us to try to educate, a place to vent our frustrations with the current equine industry, a place to share humor and snark, and in general try to open the eyes of the public who seem to be anti-agriculture.We do have a section for comments of course, and if you would like to email us you can do so directly or through the contact us form. We like to hear from our readers. I hope you enjoy reading our blog as much as I enjoy managing it.
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Friday, July 24, 2009

Now That You Mention It.........

Let’s Call This Entry:
Now That You Mentioned It

One of our new found friends has so kindly brought to my attention I am using “false” USDA numbers. I suppose it would depend on which anti-slaughter website you are reading. The numbers I quoted in the commentary about the 41 mustangs came from http://equineprotectionnetwork.com/slaughter/19802002.htm. This site has a full listing of weekly head counts for each year from 1980 to 2002 I used only the totals in the commentary.

If you go to The Equine Protection web site containing the page updated 2-23-2007 you will find

1995

109, 225



1994

107, 209



1993

167, 310



1992

246, 400



1991

276, 900



1990

345,700



1989

348, 400



1988

331, 000



1987

275, 700



1986

202, 100



1985

128, 300



1984

105, 300



1983

99, 300



1982

149, 600



1981

219, 300



1980

274, 500



If you happen to pull up the same sites page for 2-16-2006 you find this set of numbers. Sorry I missed copying the 1995 number for this example but you can still grab concept.

1994

109,353



1993

184,320



1992

243,585



1991

236,467



1990

315,192



1989

342,877



1988

300,263



1987

246,505



1986

170,576



1985

143,423



1984

105,300



1983

99, 300



1982

149,600



1981

219,300



The Equine Protection Network should find a set of numbers they like and stick with them. Using three different sets of numbers makes them look “uneducated”. On the upside I have something to write about, poke fun at, and legitimately question. It was even brought to me gift wrapped.
If you happen to look on http://www.manesandtailsorganization.org/stats.htm you will find
this set of statistics which only go back to 1985 but again I think you can get my drift.

Year

Region

State

Commodity

Period

Livestock Slaughter

Federally Inspected (FI)

Head

1985

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

128300

1986

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

202100

1987

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

275700

1988

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

331000

1989

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

348400

1990

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

345700

1991

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

276900

1992

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

246400

1993

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

167310

1994

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

107029

1995

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

109225

1996

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

103687

1997

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

87154

1998

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

72120

1999

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

62813

2000

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

47134

2001

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

56332

2002

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

42312

2003

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

50564

2004

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

65976

2005

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 31

94,011

2006

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Dec 30

105,835

2007

All States

US

Equine

Jan 1 - Sep 22


I didn’t bother to go to the actual USDA site since it looks as though the actual numbers haven’t been all that important until I brought them up.

Bottom line, if I am bold enough to quote statistics researched them somewhere and saved the research.

Now that you mention it there have been quite a few numbers I’ve run across over the years I’ve been in this debate that vary from site to site or day to day.

R.H 1



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