If live cattle trade is resumed across the U.S.-Canada border, as proposed by a USDA rule effective March 7, economists say
Montana State University economists studying the issue says a Canada-only cattle trade reopening would decrease feeder cattle prices by $2.11 per hundredweight and U.S. fed steers by $1.22 per hundredweight.
However, resumption of beef exports to other countries, especially
"Reopening the U.S.-Canada border to live cattle trade would likely be a net reduction in the
"If trade with Canada, Japan and South Korea is returned to pre-BSE levels, U.S. fed steer prices probably would increase in 2005 by $4.10 per hundredweight and feeder prices would increase by $7.05 per hundredweight," says Brester. "Re-opening all of these borders to trade would increase revenues in the
Details of the MSU economic analysis can be found by clicking on "The Impacts of North American BSE Discoveries on