Full lift of Canadian cattle ban to take effect in mid-2006

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CALGARY, Alta. — Livestock haulers will be able to transport all types of Canadian cattle into the U.S. by mid-2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has said.

All mad cow-related restrictions are expected to be lifted, including the prohibition on Canadian cattle older than 30 months of age.

“This is fantastic news for cattle ranchers in British Columbia and it’s the news ranchers have waited a long time for,” B.C. Agriculture and Lands Minister, Pat Bell said. “Now our ranchers have the assurances they need that once again all Canadian cattle can be sold in U.S. markets.”

“This is the news cattle ranchers across B.C. have been waiting to hear since the border was closed in 2003,” added Mark Nairn, president of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association. “I’ve been talking to my American counterparts here in Idaho, and they too are thrilled to hear this news.”

The Canadian cattle ban was partially lifted in August and nearly 334,000 Canadian cattle have since been shipped to the U.S.

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