MOBLEY SAYS JAPAN DECISION GOOD NEWS FOR ALABAMA BEEF PRODUCERS
Alabama Farmers Federation Beef Division Director Perry Mobley said the news of Japan reopening its borders to U.S. beef is good news for Alabama producers.
MONTGOMERY, AL - Alabama Farmers Federation Beef Division Director Perry Mobley said the news of Japan reopening its borders to U.S. beef is good news for Alabama producers.
"As we look toward 2006, the U.S. beef industry is well into an expansion phase, which means that more replacement females have been retained over the past two years and will produce more calves next year and years to come," Mobley said. "This means U.S. producers expect to market an extra 200 million pounds of beef next year.
"The partial reopening of the Japanese market expands our foreign marketing and export opportunities, which should help us, move more of this product."
Mobley said he's hopeful that other countries whose borders are closed to U.S beef will now expedite the process of shipping American beef to their consumers.
Japan's agreement to allow imports of American' beef to consumers there under an agreement allows the United States to export beef from cattle 20 months of age and younger to Japan.
More than 94 percent of total U.S. ruminant and ruminant products, with a total export value of $1.7 billion in 2003, are now eligible for export to Japan.
In 2003, the United States exported $1.4 billion worth of beef and beef products to Japan. Prior to the December 2003 discovery of the first BSE-infected cow in the United States, the U.S. exported beef and beef products to 119 countries. With the opening of Japan, 67 countries have now established trade to at least selected U.S. beef and beef products.
"Japan sets an excellent example for other countries in Asia whose markets remain closed," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. "Now is the time for Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and others to open their markets to U.S. beef. I urge all countries to take a science-based approach and adopt OIE standards for allowing beef trade."