COURT ACKNOWLEDGES NMA, DENIES REQUEST
Oakland, CA – The United States District Court in Billings, Montana yesterday denied National Meat Association’s request to intervene in R-CALF v. USDA. The court expressly left open the question whether NMA will be able to justify intervention after USDA issues its final rule.
The court acknowledged that NMA may have cognizable interest in the case at a future date, but found that timeliness weighs against intervention at this juncture. The court noted it was not possible at this time “for either the parties or this Court to discern the direction the case will take once USDA issues its final rule.”
It appears that USDA will issue its final rule on reopening the Canadian border in a matter of days. After NMA reviews USDA’s rule and learns if R-CALF will then seek to expand its present litigation, NMA will decide whether to renew its efforts to intervene on behalf of its members who traditionally slaughter both American and Canadian cattle.
“NMA’s efforts to represent the interests of American beef packers have been well documented and we’re disappointed that those interests will not be immediately represented before the court,” said NMA Executive Director Rosemary Mucklow.
National Meat Association is a non-profit trade association. Since 1946, NMA has represented meat packers and processors, equipment manufacturers and food suppliers who provide services to the meat industry. The association has members throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and Mexico.