Missouri Beef Ready to Return to Japan

1 decade 3 years 4 months ago Friday, July 28 2006 Jul 28, 2006 Friday, July 28, 2006 6:56:40 PM CDT July 28, 2006 in News

After 35 years of raising cattle, Tim Kauffman and his family have 35 cows: 35 opportunities to turn a profit.

"We're hoping, with the ban being lifted, we'll get more for our product," he said. "That will help offset the price we have to pay for producing."

Japan banned U.S. beef six months ago because of concerns about mad cow disease.

"It's going to be a slow process because the Japanese are going to have to gain our trust back," admitted Kauffman. "So we need to do whatever we need to do to keep the Japanese happy."

Although Missouri producers could get more money for their cattle, Kauffman said higher prices would mean only a penny or two more per pound for consumers at the supermarket.

Japanese officials said the country will allow U.S. shipments only if they meet export requirements.

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