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EDMONTON (CP) - Additional inspections of Canadian cattle announced this week by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer are protectionist and politically self-serving, Canada's largest producer group charged Friday.
Shipments of live Canadian cattle started rolling across the Canada-U.S. border again earlier this week after a U.S. appeal court overturned a temporary injunction that blocked the border from reopening as scheduled back in March.
Schweitzer ordered government veterinarians Thursday to inspect cattle destined for Montana feedlots to ensure they're younger than 30 months, not pregnant and have a brand identifying them as Canadian - measures he said could cost up to $5 per head for the owners of the animals.
''This is disappointing, because this is a duplication of all the things the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are already doing,'' said John Masswohl, director of international relations for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association in Ottawa.
I kinda hope the US Cattlemen are successful and
''This just reinforces our resolve to build up our beef processing industry in Canada to be less reliant on shipping live animals into the U.S.''
Thousands of US workers in the meat processing industry have lost jobs, because of this cattle dispute.