MAD COW HITS CLOSE TO HOME

When mad cow disease hit just across the border in Canada on May 20, it was the embargo slammed down on Canadian beef imports -- not fear of the disease -- that affected retail sales. Canada normally supplies about 7% of feedlot cattle and calves in the United States, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's overnight cut-off of imports, coupled with other factors, drove prices up all along the supply

When mad cow disease hit just across the border in Canada on May 20, it was the embargo slammed down on Canadian beef imports -- not fear of the disease -- that affected retail sales. Canada normally supplies about 7% of feedlot cattle and calves in the United States, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's overnight cut-off of imports, coupled with other factors, drove prices up all along the supply line.

"A number of things have had an effect on the beef market, but the increases i

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