U.S. 'downer' ban hurts cattle producers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. ban on using sick and injured cattle as human food will put a financial strain on cattle producers, farm-state lawmakers said on Wednesday. Some of the lawmakers said the government should pay producers for getting their "downer" cattle tested for mad cow disease.
Without an incentive, farmers, ranchers and feedlot operators might kill downer cattle rather than haul them to a plant or some other site for testing, they said.

Source: Reuters via China Post
calendar icon 23 January 2004
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