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Brazilian Beef Import Causes Concerns for Farmers

Posted: May 2, 2014 3:36 PM by Samantha Ware, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: May 2, 2014 6:11 PM

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BOONE COUNTY- A proposed rule to import certain animals, meat, and other products as well as frozen beef has some people worried. The rule would allow the products to be imported into the U.S. from Brazil.

The Missouri Cattlemen's Association, as well as the National Cattlemen's Beef Association said the importing could bring in Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

Foot-and-Mouth Disease causes sores in and around the mouth and feet of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and deer. The disease is highly contagious and while animals do not die, they become weak.

Bandy Jacobs has lived on a farm his entire life. He takes care of Jacobs Farm on his own, where he raises cattle and sells them for meat. Jacobs said he wouldn't like his cattle becoming affected with the disease.

"We've got plenty of beef here, we don't need them importing," Jacobs said. "I wouldn't like it at all. If they brought it live, you might have a problem. It would make them sick, I guess, in the mouth, it would."

In late April, KOMU 8 News reported U.S. beef prices were at their highest since 1987. Reports indicate demand has started to overwhelm supply.

The average price of beef was $3.70 in February.

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