Sharp and critical words flowed from the recent Oklahoma Independent Stock Growers Association board meeting. Board members are cautioning, “Meat buyer beware.” The United States is importing three billion pounds of beef and two million head of cattle per year or 20% of beef consumed by American households. Very little of the imported beef is inspected before it receives the USDA inspection stamp and is shipped to various parts of the county. Tim Bryant, Ardmore rancher, said, “We will fight the USDA recommendation for traceability. We understand the need to trace cattle with disease, but how can you ask American ranchers to place traceable Radio Frequency Identification (RIFD) tags on our cattle when billions of pounds of foreign beef is imported from countries like Namibia? “ R-CALF, the national representative for OISGA filed a lawsuit alleging the USDA RFID mandate was unlawful. In response, USDA withdrew their mandate, yet shortly thereafter, USDA contracted with three cattle ear tag companies for millions of RFID tags.