As of October 4, dairy heifers under 24 months of age and registered with a purebred dairy breed association or the Dairy Herd Improvement Association can be exported to Mexico.

The border has been closed to dairy heifer trade since December of 2003 when the first case of BSE was found in Washington state. In March 2004, Mexico opened its market to boneless U.S. beef from animals under 30 months of age. And in February 2006, Mexico opened its market to U.S. bone-in beef from animals under 30 months of age.

USDA announced the resumption of dairy-heifer trade with Mexico last week. In 2003, the United States exported $6.9 million worth of dairy heifers to Mexico. For more details, go to: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2006/10/0397.xml

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