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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

Feb 15, 2013
Monday, Feb. 11, Russia announced it had adopted a “zero-tolerance” position regarding ractopamine residues in meat. This move has effectively suspended all Russian imports of U.S. beef, pork and turkey as there is no unified tracking protocol in place for the feed additive in the U.
Feb 8, 2013
The most recent Cattle Inventory report was released Friday, Feb. 1 and reported on all cattle— beef and dairy—in the U.S. herd as of the first of the year. Overall, the number of cattle and calves recorded was down 1.6 percent at 89.3 million head, making this the lowest Jan.
Feb 1, 2013
Monday, Jan. 28, U.S. government officials announced Japan would ease age restrictions on beef imports from the U.S. This move has been long anticipated and the possibility has circulated since 2011. As of Friday, Feb. 1, beef from animals 30 months or younger could be exported to Japan, this limit up from the prior 20-month maximum.
Feb 1, 2013
A story akin to the old western tales of cattle rustlers is playing out in Missouri. Apparently, traitorous cowboys are turning on their fellow cattlemen and using their ranching skills for the dark side, stealing the best calves out from under their owners’ noses.
Jan 25, 2013
In the “border war”—crossing the border, that is—between federal veterinarians and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), one side has relented. The agency will not force current veterinary employees to cross the Mexican border to staff a new inspection facility there.

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