Missouri Program Readies Beef for Japan

1 decade 4 years 6 months ago Saturday, January 21 2006 Jan 21, 2006 Saturday, January 21, 2006 3:28:44 PM CST January 21, 2006 in News
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But, when the market reopens, Missouri cattle producers say they'll be ready to tap it. Missouri is the only state with a marketing program that guarantees the source and age of its feeder cattle. These claims are verified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's crucial to the Japanese who will not buy beef from cattle older than 20 months at slaughter. This week, Japan put a halt to importing U.S. beef, saying a recent shipment from a Brooklyn company contained bone material it considered at risk for mad cow disease. In the Missouri program, proof of the animal's age and origin follows it from farm to feedlot to packer and to market as packaged beef.

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