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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

So why are we surprised? 

CANOE -- CNEWS - Canada: Canadian beef producers 'devastated' by latest mad cow setback: "Canada's beef producers were stunned Wednesday by yet another setback as an American judge agreed to postpone the opening of the U.S. border to live cattle due to continuing fears about mad cow disease. 'It's a disaster for our industry again,' feedlot operator Rick Paskal said"
So that tears it -- we can, I think, count on at least six more months before the border opens, if then. The Montana cattlemen will keep fighting this in every court they can find, as long as they can -- and when they're done, maybe some cattlemen in North Dakota will start running to court, or Washington State.
And why is this so surprising to the cattle industry here? I said back in January that we could likely expect US politicians to seize on the new BSE cases to keep the border closed.

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