After China visit, Daines expects U.S. beef ban to end soon
Published 11 days 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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