By Senators Rasmussen, Johnson, Honeyford, Hewitt, Sheahan and Spanel


    WHEREAS, The Washington State Senate recognizes the outstanding contribution of the beef cattle industry to the state=s economy; and


    WHEREAS, The farm and value-added output of the beef cattle industry contribute more than $1.6 billion to the state; and


    WHEREAS, The agricultural commodity of beef cattle in Washington totals more than $465 million; and


    WHEREAS, Washington=s beef cattle growers manage approximately 1.3 million head of cattle and calves annually; and


    WHEREAS, Approximately 9,000 farmers and ranchers in Washington are employed as beef producers; and


    WHEREAS, Americans support this industry by eating, pound for pound, more beef than any other meat;


    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the hard work of the men and women who handle beef cattle is hereby recognized by the Washington State Senate; and


    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Washington State Beef Commission and the Washington Cattlemen=s Association.                                       


I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 8622,

adopted by the Senate February 21, 2001.





Secretary of the Senate