Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Beef Industry Welcomes Mexico Lifting Import Ban on Older Cattle

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Beef Industry Welcomes Mexico Lifting Import Ban on Older Cattle

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Cattle industry welcomes Mexico lifting ban

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CALGARY - Mexico's lifting of a more than decade-long ban on some cattle imports will mean a big boost to Canadian exports, said the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

"When we get our production levels back up to where they used to be, we can be doing $250 million a year or more into the Mexican market, no problem," said John Masswohl, director of government and international relations at the association.

Mexico imposed a ban on Canadian beef imports in 2003 over fears of mad cow disease, and while some restrictions were lifted within a year, a ban on cattle over 30 months old is still in place.

In the two years before the ban, Canada exported around $270 million to $290 million of beef to Mexico, with cattle over 30 months of age making up close to a quarter of the total. …

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