Age and Source Info Will Help Boost US Beef Influence in Japan

Age and Source Info Will Help Boost US Beef Influence in Japan

High Plain Journal

OMAHA (DTN) — Expanded efforts are needed by U.S. cattle producers to identify the age and sources of their cattle if the U.S. is going to regain a larger share of the beef market in Japan, leaders of the U.S. Meat Export Federation said Friday.

The shortage of cattle qualifying for export to Japan because of the tight age restrictions is among the biggest challenges the U.S. beef industry faces right now trying to re-establish the market, said Phil Seng, president of the federation. Right now, U.S. beef to Japan is limited to coming from cattle 21 months of age or younger.

“The more we can identify the cattle, the better it’s going to be,” said Seng, who spoke to U.S. reporters in a teleconference from Osaka, Japan. “I just hope that message gets out to the cow-calf producers and the feeders.”

The U.S. Meat Export Federation has been on a promotional tour of Japan this past week as part of the “We Care” campaign the federation launched in early August after Japan began allowing U.S. beef to enter the country again.

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