Mexico's Beef with U.S. Cattle

Las Cruces, NM – The Mexican federal government now bans imports of live cattle from the U.S. to protect against the spread of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease). No live cattle from the U.S. have been sold to Mexico since December 23, 2003, after the discovery of a Canadian-born cow with the disease in Washington state. Demand for U.S. breeding bulls is high among Mexican cattlemen, but no agreements have been reached between the two governments to make such transactions a reality once again.