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Canadians eye Japan trade, U.S. border reopening

by Pete Hisey on 10/27/04 for Meatingplace.com



The provisional agreement to open the Japanese border to American beef products from animals under 21 months of age augers well for a similar deal for Canadian beef, a government spokesperson told The National Post. Andy Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, visited Japan on his recent tour of Asia and "the assurance he got was that Canada would be given equal opportunity to meet those requirements," said Elizabeth Whiting, Mitchell's spokesperson.

Stan Eby, president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, echoed the optimism, telling the Post that farmers are "extremely hopeful" that not only will Canada gain from Japanese trade, but also that the opening of markets will speed reopening of the American border to Canadian cattle. Canadian sources said, perhaps optimistically, that the U.S. does not have sufficient production to feed the demand in Asia without the use of Canadian cattle. However, there is evidence that American feedlots are full to bursting with mature cattle, according to Kevin Pence, vice president of operations, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, who fears a coming glut in American beef if exports do not resume soon.
 

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However, there is evidence that American feedlots are full to bursting with mature cattle, according to Kevin Pence, vice president of operations, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, who fears a coming glut in American beef if exports do not resume soon

Is this true? I had heard that the US was importing beef in record numbers. Anybody out there work in the feedlot sector?
 

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No it is not true. As a matter of fact some of the northern and western feedlots are in trouble I have heard from the absence of Canadian feeder calves.
 
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