By Micah Drew

Open Chinese Market Unlikely to Directly Impact Local Ranchers


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Ranchers can't claim the Made in Montana label if they ship their beef out to be finished.

POTOMAC - Last month Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced that after a 13-year ban, the U.S. will once again be able to ship beef to China.

"Montana beef will now be served on menus, plates and in Chinese households," Daines stated in a press release. "On my next trip to Beijing I look forward to seeing Montana beef on the menu."

The measure reopening the markets is set to go into effect this month.

Errol Rice, Executive Vice President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association stated, "We are extremely excited about the announcement. Montana's ranchers have been waiting since 2003 to sh...

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