Group sets requirements for Canadian cattle

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 28, 2005
by WLJ
The Livestock Marketing Association has called for the U.S. border to remain closed to Canadian cattle and beef until USDA meets three requirements.
According to a resolution passed by LMA’s Board of Directors, at its recent annual meeting in Austin, TX, the border should remain closed unless and until:
• There is full implementation of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL);
• there is resumption of U.S. cattle/beef trade with Japan, Mexico and South Korea; and
• Canadian cattle imports can be accepted in an “orderly marketing method.”
The board of directors noted that LMA provides marketing services “to tens of thousands of cattle producers,” and that those producers, livestock auction markets and others involved in the industry could suffer “serious economic harm” if additional cases of BSE are confirmed in Canada. LMA also said there are looming questions about the enforcement of Canada’s ruminant feed ban, and that the border reopening date of March 7 is premature.
“These factors could also further erode consumer confidence in U.S. beef and harm all those in the industry,” the group said in a statement.
The directors also said LMA supports the recent action taken by USDA to keep Canadian boxed beef from animals 30 months or older, from entering the U.S.
Under LMA by-laws, the resolution will be presented to LMA’s full membership. For the resolution to be overturned, a majority of at least 30 percent of the total membership must vote no. If less than 30 percent of the membership votes, the resolution will stand. — WLJ