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New Team Obama regulations for goat herders’ workplaces

Posted on: August 25, 2011

Yes, you read the headline correctly. Recently, new workplace procedures and rules have been issued by the Labor Department. Employers who want to hire temporary agricultural foreign workers to perform sheep herding or goat herding have to follow these strict rules.

Strict rules that describe sleeping quarters, lighting, food storage, bathing, laundry, cooking and new rules for the counters where food is prepared. In Colorado’s High Country you can find sheep herders, from a South American country, tending their flock. You usually see one person with a horse and a dog taking care of the sheep. The shepherd usually has a small one room trailer for his accommodations.

However, with the new rules and regulations there must be separate sleeping units for each person except in a family arrangement. It must contain a comfortable bed, cot or bunk with a clean mattress. I never looked into the trailer to make sure that the shepherd had a “sleep number bed” but I assume he was sleeping on a small cot.

But it gets even better. Under the Obama Administration, the nanny state has imposed 75 new major regulations with annual costs of $38 billion. These regulations add more burdens to small businesses such as those run by ranching families. Instead of remedying the problem, the regulations make it much harder.

Take for instance; the new lighting standards required in areas where it is not feasible to provide electrical service such as tents or
mobile trailers. Lanterns must be provided and specifically “Kerosene wick lights meet the definition of lantern,” the regulations say. “When workers or their families are permitted or required to cook in their individual unit, a space shall be provided with adequate lighting and ventilation. Wall surfaces next to all food preparation and cooking areas shall be of nonabsorbent, easy-to-clean material.  Wall surfaces next to cooking areas shall be of fire-resistant material.”

Most of the shepherds you’ll find in the High Country are happy to have a small trailer to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. These shepherds have a good life living in the U.S. because they come from dire poverty from their countries in South America.

Thanks to new government regulations, will shepherds and goat herders be demanding Winnebago’s that include TV, microwave oven and showers?  If they do then they’ll need generators to make it all work. But wait, the noise from generators will scare  the sheep and goats away. Now you know what’s wrong with government intrusion.

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1 Response to "New Team Obama regulations for goat herders’ workplaces"

..Banks operate under different rules and regulations in different countries.

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