"[Two hundred carcasses hanging in cold storage at Ranchland Meats in Butte, Mont., have been impounded by FSIS Circuit Supervisor Dr. Jeffrey Legg. Many of those carcasses were 4-H market animal projects exhibited and sold at the local county fair. Other plants located in Beaverhead County, Columbus, Mont., and Missoula, Mont., have also been targeted by FSIS.] I am very concerned about the actions of USDA to close beef processing plants in Montana, ... The timing of this action is disturbing. We hope USDA is not taking this action in retribution for MCA, R-CALF USA and Governor Schweitzer's recent actions to protect the Montana cow herd from Canadian bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Governor Schweitzer purchased a 4-H pig during the Lewis and Clark County Fair, and that carcass is hanging at the Butte plant targeted for closure by USDA."