New Rule Could Slow Cattle Inspections

LINCOLN - (AP) — For cattle inspector Shawn Hanks, busier work weeks and late-night calls from ranchers are about to become routine.
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The Ainsworth-based inspector is gearing up for long days during the busy cattle-selling months of September through March. But the ranchers he helps might should prepare for a slowdown in response time from Hanks and roughly 50 other inspectors in the western two-thirds of the state.

A work rule approved this week requires inspectors to log 40 hours per week year-round. Until now, inspectors often worked more than 40 hours during the fall and winter months, but less in the spring and summer.

With the new rule, inspectors will likely spend less time on call, ready to quickly drive to the site of a sale or other transaction, because the on-call time does not count as work time.

"We'll still provide the service, but unfortunately one of the issues may be producers will have to wait longer for our cattle inspectors to get there," said Steven Stanec, executive director of the Nebraska Brand Committee.

Source: TheAssociatedPress


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