Chinese ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai speaks Friday with Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines about way to expand the Chinese market for Montana beef. The two met with other Chinese and Montana ag officials during a tour of a ranch in the Bozeman area.
Cattle fill the yard as the Miles City Livestock Commission had 6,000 cows on the block in 2011. At a meeting organized by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines on Friday, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai spoke frankly about what it will take to sell Montana beef in China, the world's second largest beef-consuming nation.
MAUDLOW — It's going to take some sizzle to sell Montana steaks in China, the nation's ambassador to the United States told ranchers and farmers Friday.
At a meeting organized by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, Ambassador Cui Tiankai spoke frankly about what it will take to sell Montana beef in China, the world's second largest beef consuming nation. In June, China lifted a 13-year ban on U.S. beef. The ban stemmed from a 2003 case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, better known as mad cow disease.
Ranchers have watched with their noses pressed up against the glass as Chinese restaurants and supermarkets served up increasing amounts of beef from other countries. China imported 825,000 tons of beef in 2016.
Daines, and before him former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, have spent years pressuring China to admit U.S. beef once again. It was shortly after Daines ...