The Livestock Marketing Association has called for the U.S. border to remain closed to Canadian cattle and beef until three conditions are met.

According to a resolution passed by LMA’s Board of Directors, at its recent meeting here, the border should remain closed unless and until:

  • There is full implementation of mandatory country-of-origin labeling.
  • There is resumption of U.S. cattle/beef trade with Japan, Mexico and South Korea;
  • Canadian cattle imports be accepted only in an “orderly marketing method.”

The Directors noted that LMA, as a North American trade association, provides marketing services “to tens of thousands of cattle producers.” Those producers, along with livestock auction markets and others involved in the industry could suffer “serious economic harm” by the additional findings of mad cow disease in Canada, and questions about the enforcement of Canada’s ruminant feed ban, if the border is reopened March 7.

These factors could also “further erode consumer confidence in U.S. beef” and harm all those in the industry. 

The Directors also said LMA supports the recent action taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to keep Canadian boxed beef from animals 30 months or older, from entering the U.S.

Under LMA by-laws, the resolution will be presented to LMA’s members.  For the resolution to be overturned, a majority of at least 30 percent of those members must vote “no.” 

If less than 30 percent of the membership votes, the resolution will stand.