After China visit, Daines expects U.S. beef ban to end soon
Published 2 months ago by The Billings Gazette

The Wacker family's Cross Four Ranch operates in Custer and Rosebud counties as a cow/calf, yearling, and a finished cattle operation. The entire family — Fred and Gwen and their four adult children: Sara Rehm, Julie Nowicki, Karen Martin and Mike Wacker — is involved in the operation and specializes in All Natural Cattle. 

Fred Wacker of the Cross Four Ranch is a third-generation Montana rancher.

Cattle are silhouetted in low sunlight at the Cross Four Ranch.

Cross Four Ranch operates in Custer and Rosebud counties as a cow/calf, yearling, and a finished cattle operation.

Daines

Within a few months, U.S. beef could be in China supermarkets for the first time in 13 years, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Monday.

Daines traveled to China during the congressional Easter break to talk beef with China Premier Li Keqiang. China last fall agreed to lift its 13-year-old U.S. beef ban, which was prompted by the 2003 discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, better known as "mad cow disease," in a Washington dairy cow.

Daines said the two nations are close to normalizing beef trade, which is significant to Montana ranchers because China is the second largest beef-consuming nation in the world. China imported 825,000 tons of beef in 2016.

“They are committed to moving forward as part of this 100-day plan that was agreed to by President Xi Jinping and President Trump at M ...

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